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Ned Breslin

CEO, Tennyson Center for Children

Skoll Awardee

Biography

Ned Breslin is a 2011 winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and currently is the CEO of the Tennyson Center for Children in Denver Colorado. Tennyson is relentlessly focused on reshaping pathways for children who have experienced trauma from abuse and neglect so that they can truly heal and thrive. Tennyson is attacking a broken child welfare system where the outcomes for kids who enter the system - in terms of shockingly low graduation rates, exceedingly high rates of homelessness, addictions and suicide - are simply not acceptable. Ned was the former CEO of Water For People. He was the architect of the Everyone Forever program that is helping to reshape the WASH landscape and forcing scaled solutions that involve all stakeholders in district- and city-wide success. He is a passionate believer in monitoring for impact and improvement, and was the driver of the outcome-focused monitoring program at Water For People that played a role in shifting sector focus from short-term project completion milestones to long-term outcomes focused on sustained water and sanitation service provision and financing, with a view on constant improvement and reflection. Ned worked on WASH in Africa for 16 years on top of his 9 years at Water For People, and embraces the leap from one sector to another as a way to grow as a leader and escape the comforts of a sector (WASH) that he still loves.