Nonprofit camp names executive director
A woman with a Ph.D. in politics and social policy from Princeton University is the new executive director of a nonprofit camp for children.
Camp Blodgett — which offers after school and summer programs for children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds — recently said that it has named Erica Czaja to the role.
Czaja will lead Camp Blodgett’s strategic plan and guide the organization’s “future investments in the success and development” of youth in Kent and Ottawa counties.
“Erica has a deep commitment to Camp Blodgett’s core values and mission, and the board of directors is confident that under her leadership, Camp Blodgett will strengthen our partnerships in the Grand Rapids community and achieve sustainable growth, so that we can expand our mission and serve an increasing number of children in West Michigan in the coming years,” said Steve Balk, board vice president, Camp Blodgett.
Czaja said she's "honored and humbled to have the opportunity to steward the life-changing mission of Camp Blodgett."
“Camp Blodgett’s programs communicate to children that they matter and empower them to shape the future by becoming leaders in their communities," Czaja said. "It is an incredible privilege to join Camp Blodgett in this truly important work."
Czaja has conducted research for the U.S. Department of Defense as a survey coordinator with the Survey Research Group at RAND Corporation and served as a research assistant at Applied Safety and Ergonomics.
The National Science Foundation, Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice have supported her research.
Czaja was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in health policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
Czaja holds a B.A. with high distinction in psychology from the University of Michigan, as well as an M.A. in politics from Princeton University and an M.A. in social sciences from the University of Chicago.