Emily Chittenden-Laird

Project Director

Emily Chittenden-Laird first came to the CAC movement as an AmeriCorps VISTA in a small town in West Virginia, serving in the roles of communications, fund development, and forensic interviewing. After two years in that role, she accepted a job as the Director of the Chapter in West Virginia and worked there for 10 years. During her time there, the Chapter grew the CAC network from 2 accredited CACs to 20, grew funding for the Chapter and local CACs, diversified the board and funding base, and deepened program offerings at statewide and local levels. After spending a few years as a consultant and Chief Operations Officer at 84 Agency, she returned to the CAC field as Chapter Specialist at SRCAC and became Project Director in 2022. As Project Director, Emily leads the strategy and vision for SRCAC.