Maggie at the micPresident & CEO

As the President & CEO of DCAYA, Ms. Riden focuses on directing the DCAYA coalition of over 130 youth-serving organizations to improve the quality of life for young people in the District of Columbia through policy advocacy, networking, and youth empowerment.

Ms. Riden has served DCAYA since 2010, initially as the policy analyst focused on youth homelessness and out-of-school-time programs. In that position she co-chaired the Interagency Council on Homelessness Youth Committee which was charged with developing a citywide framework to prevent and end youth homelessness, managed the development and promotion of a Youth Friendly City strategy, represented DCAYA at DC Council committee hearings, budget advocacy hearings and at various meetings with DC government staff and agencies. She also led the development, execution and analysis of “From the Streets to Stability” the first local research effort to examine the needs and opportunities unique to homeless youth in DC. She was named President and CEO in early 2012.

Before joining DCAYA, Ms. Riden obtained more than 10 years of youth development experience. Her experience ranged from direct service in education and housing, to participation in the development of data driven, prescriptive recommendations to the Massachusetts state child welfare and special education systems.

In addition to her work with DCAYA, Ms. Riden serves as the Board Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Network for Youth, MANY, a national technical assistance and youth advocacy organization. She is in her 3rd term on the District of Columbia’s Interagency Council on Homelessness and was appointed to the Mayor’s Commission on Youth Outcomes in November of 2017.

Ms. Riden holds a Master of Arts in Law in Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Certificate in International Relations from Mt. Holyoke College. Now a resident of Ward 5, Ms. Riden is originally from Huntington, Vermont.