Bonnie Politz headshotYouth and Community Strategy Consultant

Bonnie Politz has an extensive career focused on ensuring the positive and healthy development of children and youth who grow up in poor and under-served communities in the U.S. and around the globe. Through her work in the public and non-profit sectors as well as philanthropy, Ms. Politz provides leadership within and across sectors at the local, state, regional and national levels to promote the design and implementation of strategic approaches to child and youth success.

Ms. Politz works with national, state and local governments, youth-serving systems, higher education institutions, corporations, membership associations, and community-based organizations to embed and integrate youth development principles, practices and policies that impact positive youth outcomes. Her areas of expertise include: technical assistance/support, cross-sector/multi-system process facilitation, youth-adult partnerships, strategic planning, training and professional development; and, system-building.

Across a variety of leadership positions, Ms. Politz has been responsible for: leading a technical team that provided technical assistance and training in youth development system-building in communities, states, regions and countries; monitoring and coordinating national data-sharing systems focused on out-of-school youth programs and Promising Practices in Afterschool; and, working in partnership with philanthropy and U.S. government partners to develop strategic domestic and international funding approaches to youth development. Ms. Politz has helped design and facilitate training workshops, seminars, and conferences and maintains relationships with diverse groups of young people and adults who bring their experiences and talents to these efforts.