Mary Ann Crayton, Senior Associate, School, Family, and Community Engagement, focuses on school and district improvement, school-community partnerships, and comprehensive human services collaboratives to address social and emotional learning needs. She previously served as senior director at the Boston Public Schools, where she managed the implementation and assessment of family and student engagement practice in 31 schools. In that capacity, she created district policy dialogues and civic engagement models which promoted the participation of diverse racial, ethnic, and language groups in school and district improvement. Mary Ann previously served as the executive director of the Massachusetts Advocacy Center where she was the first African American woman to direct a statewide child advocacy and legal service center in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In previous senior level positions at CTAC, she trained school and district leadership teams, and provided technical assistance to non-profit organizations throughout the United States in the areas of neighborhood revitalization, youth leadership, elder advocacy, and refugee leadership.