National Nonprofit Leader and Innovator Joins SaintA as Vice President of Strategy, Innovation

SaintA has announced that Polina Makievsky will join the national leader in trauma-informed care on June 18 as Vice President of Strategy and Innovation. Makievsky presently serves as Senior Vice President of Knowledge, Leadership and Innovation for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

SaintA has 10 years of experience in the implementation of its trauma-informed model of care and was recently featured on a 60 Minutes segment about childhood trauma and resilience, reported by special correspondent Oprah Winfrey.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to leverage the current local, state and national momentum around understanding trauma,” says SaintA CEO Ann Leinfelder Grove. “The effects of trauma impact families, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and entire communities.”

“We are excited to have Polina join SaintA to lead our strategic efforts around community outreach, innovative new supports for children and families, and collaboration with other organizations on a trauma-informed journey to create healing.”

Polina Makievsky
Polina Makievsky

Makievsky has been with the Alliance since 2010, first as COO and most recently as Senior Vice President of Knowledge, Leadership and Innovation. She is responsible for new program design and development, which has generated more than $10 million in philanthropic and earned revenue. For the past four years, Makievsky led content development for the annual Alliance National Conference and helped secure record-high attendance and quality ratings.

“Polina’s ability to identify critical trends in the nonprofit sector—and then present them in a way that is easy to understand and actionable—is exceptional,” says Alliance President and CEO Susan N. Dreyfus. “We will miss her finely tuned way of looking at problems and helping us craft unique solutions.”

Prior to the Alliance, Makievsky was Director of Programs at La Casa de Esperanza and Director of Model Programs at the Points of Light Foundation. Makievsky has also worked in Washington, D.C. as a policy analyst, first as a legislative aide and then within the National Human Services Assembly.

Makievsky has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Smith College and a Master’s in Public and Social Policy from The Johns Hopkins University.

SaintA has been a member of the Alliance for 14 years and has attended and presented at national and local events. “We feel fortunate to have worked alongside Polina and her colleagues for a number of years now and it will be exciting to have access to her thinking and innovation full time,” says Leinfelder Grove.

About SaintA

SaintA’s vision is for every child and family to thrive. We facilitate equity, learning, healing and wellness for children and families. We restore connections that that are missing or have been broken, sometimes due to generational trauma. We are leaders in trauma informed care (TIC) and have trained 75,000 individuals as part of the national TIC movement. SaintA’s award-winning school of excellence, Capitol West Academy, shares our campus at our headquarters on the northwest side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

About the Alliance

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is a strategic action network of thousands of committed social sector leaders who through their excellence, distinction, and influence are working to achieve a healthy and equitable society. We aggregate the very best sector knowledge and serve as an incubator for learning and innovation to generate new solutions to the toughest problems. Go to for more information.

In January of 2018, the Alliance and the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) released a groundbreaking report that offers an important cross-sector call to action to address the challenges facing human services community-based organizations (CBOs). A National Imperative: Joining Forces to Strengthen Human Services in America was commissioned by the was conducted and written by Oliver Wyman and SeaChange Capital Partners.

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