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As the pandemic recedes, all of us at Strategies for Children are looking forward to building on the country’s deeper understanding of how important early education and care is for children, parents, and the economy. As we do this work, we’re happy to be joined by new colleagues.

As Amy O’Leary, Strategies executive director says, “We are excited to grow our team and build our capacity to achieve our mission.”

Here’s more information about our newest staff members.


Diagneris “Nery” García is the new director of communications for Strategies for Children. She is leading the charge on internal and external communications to promote our mission, values, and priorities. Her goal is to raise awareness and amplify the diverse voices that support policy and advocacy for accessible, high-quality early education and care programs that enroll children from birth to age 5 across Massachusetts. In her work, Nery will leverage existing tools for sharing information and engaging the field and the public, collaborate with our team and with our partners, and create new intentional and inclusive strategies.

Prior to joining Strategies, Nery had a long, versatile, nonprofit career developing and implementing programs, services, and events while providing capacity-building and communications support to individuals, families, organizations, and communities across Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She has worked in a range of interdisciplinary fields, including health and human services; education (early childhood, public K-12, post-secondary, and adult); workforce development; and community engagement. Nery continues to serve on the Providence Public Schools School Board as vice president and co-chair of the Health & Wellness Committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University in International Relations: Latin America/Regional Politics and Cultural Anthropology, and she has a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University.

Nery can be reached at


Marge Mahoney is the new director of finance and operations at Strategies for Children, and she is responsible for our accounting, human resources, and business management functions.

Marge comes to Strategies with over a decade of experience as the business manager for Southborough Extended Day Program, a before- and afterschool program. In her work there, Marge oversaw financial management and accounting, and she handled payroll and managed customer/family accounts. She previously held positions in bank marketing and bookkeeping, and, for 16 years, she was a part-time piano teacher. Marge earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Fitchburg State University.

Marge can be reached at


“We are thrilled to have Nery and Marge on our team,” O’Leary says. “Please join me in welcoming them to the Strategies for Children community.”