Ira Hillman leads the parenting and early childhood portfolio for the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust (EFCT), whose mission is to help people get along better. EFCT partners with nonprofits who share our vision for building strong parent-child relationships and nurturing environments that foster social and emotional development among young children. EFCT’s longest and deepest partnership has been with the Nurture Science Program at Columbia University Medical Center. Hillman also leads a funder collaborative, Pediatrics Supporting Parents, that seeks to leverage the pediatric well-visit setting in order to optimize social and emotional development of children and strengthen parent-child bond. While EFCT’s primary focus in early childhood is supporting parents with evidence-based strategies to help them maintain a strong and positive emotional connection with their children, they also partner with organizations who are: supporting the improvements of early learning environments by embedding social and emotional learning practices for preschool age children; finding opportunities for parents to build relationships with other parents of different backgrounds, recognizing that “parenting” is a shared experience; and supporting parents beyond the early childhood years to maintain nurturing relationships and environments through all the stages of their children’s development. Prior to joining the Trust, Hillman spent more than two decades in the nonprofit sector, working with organizations in health care, the arts, higher education, and advocacy to transform their operations, develop new strategies, and build stronger collaborations among stakeholder groups.
Biography current as of January 29, 2019