Sybille Damas joined Congreso in 2003 as Division Director of Neighborhood and Family Development. Today, she leads its Human Resources, IT and Facilities departments. She was drawn to a career in social work when visiting her parents’ native Haiti, seeing for the first-time the marked disparities between the haves and have nots. Back home in the United States, she dedicated her educational and professional pursuits to ensuring that there be no excuse for such disparities here. She began to work in the field of geriatric care before focusing her efforts on child welfare and juvenile justice advocacy.
While at Congreso, Ms. Damas has played a role in the development of its innovative Primary Client Management (PCM) model, allowing for measured, holistic service delivery across systems. She led the agency’s relationship with the National Council of La Raza and the National Housing Network, allowing Congreso to grow its mortgage counseling assistance and foreclosure prevention services. Through her leadership, Congreso focused on reducing the number of minority children in foster care, providing intensive services for at-risk families in crisis, and keeping urban violence from manifesting in families.
She has managed the agency’s relationship with the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, the Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development and the Philadelphia Office of Supportive Housing. Ms. Damas also led Congreso’s work in addressing Disproportionate Minority Contact, specifically as it relates to youth in the justice system , in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation and the National Council of La Raza, of the Latino Juvenile Justice Network.
Ms. Damas is a married mother of two, residing in Wynnewood, Pa., where she volunteers at her daughters’ school. She has a Masters in Social Work from Temple University and is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute. She enjoys running and playing sports. She is a former competitive swimmer and soccer player, and is a fan of many musical genres from classic rock to jazz.