Casey Family Programs is pleased to announce two winners of the national Casey Excellence for Children Awards today: Dana M. Emery, CEO, President and Director of Fixed Income, Dodge & Cox; and Jerod Pierce, founder and managing partner of Olympic Holdings and an alumnus of foster care.
These awards recognize outstanding individuals and leaders in child welfare who have demonstrated distinguished work, exceptional leadership and relentless dedication in improving child welfare in America. They were presented at an event attended by business and investment leaders in New York City on October 19.
Dana M. Emery, San Francisco, California
CEO, President and Director of Fixed Income, Dodge & Cox
Dodge & Cox CEO: It takes a community to help vulnerable youth succeed
Dana M. Emery
Dana M. Emery
Dana M. Emery heads Dodge & Cox, a San Francisco-based investment firm with more than $270 billion in assets under management. In addition to sitting on the firm’s investment and business strategy committees, she serves on Dodge & Cox’s Charitable Giving Committee, which is focused on improving educational opportunities for low-income youth. Ms. Emery serves on the national board of directors of Summer Search, a mentoring program that provides long-term coaching and relationships for low-income youth in five cities: San Francisco and the Bay Area, Seattle, New York, Boston and Philadelphia. The program helps connect high school sophomores and juniors with two summer experiences that expand their horizons and build their confidence. In addition to her volunteer board duties, Ms. Emery and her family mentor three teens through another Bay Area organization, Today’s Youth Matter, sponsoring them in private schools, supplementing their education through tutoring and providing family support such as internet access.
Jerod Pierce, Seattle, Washington
Founder and Managing Partner, Olympic Holdings
Business owner, foster care alumnus encourages others to support youth
An alumnus of foster care, Jerod Pierce overcame difficult family circumstances, including his mother’s addiction and incarceration and multiple moves, to become a successful student. After being served by Casey Family Programs in Montana and Washington, he graduated cum laude from Seattle University with degrees in business administration and finance, and he completed an internship with investment firm D.A. Davidson, where he was subsequently hired. After working in a number of investment and private equity firms, Mr. Pierce attended Harvard Business School. He recently became founder and managing partner of Olympic Holdings, a Seattle-based holding company that invests in manufacturing businesses. Additionally, Mr. Pierce has encouraged other disadvantaged youth as a speaker with the Year Up program, which provides intensive career training and development to low-income youth.