Marcy Hara Is CalSWEC’s Director of In-Service Training

Bay Area native Marcy Hara is CalSWEC’s new Child Welfare In-Service Training Director, effective June 5.

Ms. Hara succeeds Melissa Connelly, who joined San Francisco County as Child Welfare Workforce Development Manager. 

"We are very happy to have Marcy join the CalSWEC team,” said Executive Director Virginia Rondero Hernandez in making the announcement. “She comes with deep county child welfare leadership experience and practical knowledge of the range of training needs of child welfare workers. I am certain that she will bring great energy and insight into her new position.” 

Ms. Hara has 17 years of direct service and supervisory experience in public child welfare in Contra Costa County and was responsible for staff development and training of all newly hired child welfare social workers for over 8 years. 

For the past two years, she has supervised the agency's staff development program and has extensive experience in developing child welfare training programs, curriculum development, and training. She also played an integral role in the implementation of the Common Core 3.0 in Contra Costa County.

Ms. Hara earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Sacramento State University and her MSW at California State University, East Bay.

“I am excited for this opportunity to join the CalSWEC team as the Child Welfare In-service Training Director," she said. "I am committed to innovation and best practice in the development and training of the child welfare workforce in the state of California, and I am eager to support that endeavor in my new position."

Ms. Hara added, “I also look forward to continuing the collaboration with the State and Regional Training Academies in an effort to continue to build a strong child welfare workforce who can provide the services necessary to support the children and families across California.”

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Ms. Hara will lead the in-service training team of Training and Curriculum Specialists Shay O’Brien, Melinda Iremonger, and Phyllis Jeroslow; Training and Evaluation Analyst Esmirna Ramirez; and Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) Project Director Daphne Short and Research Data Analyst Colleen Clark.  

Their work is also supported by the Research and Evaluation Team of Director Sandhya Rao Hermon, Training and Evaluation Specialist Tenia Davis, Training and Evaluation Analyst Elizabeth Wroughton, as well as by the Technology and Instructional Design Team of Director Christopher Cajski and Distance Education Specialist Mauricio Wright.