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Washburn Center Names Acting CEO

Twin Cities Non-profit announces Craig Warren to serve as acting CEO beginning May 13.

MINNEAPOLIS – May 2, 2022 – Washburn Center for Children, the state’s leading children’s community mental health center, has named Craig Warren as Acting CEO beginning May 13. The announcement comes as outgoing CEO Tom Steinmetz transitions after 26 years of service, including five years as CEO. (Click here for Tom’s full announcement)

The non-profit will continue to build on its vision to increase equitable access to transformative children’s mental health care as it searches for a permanent CEO. The transition takes place amid historic crisis for children and youth mental health nationwide.

“My heart breaks as I think about all that our kids have endured during the past couple of years,” said Warren. “I’m excited about this opportunity to work with Washburn Center’s employees, board, donors and partners to continue the delivery of culturally responsive mental health care to children and families in our communities during this period of transition.”

Warren (he/him) currently serves as Washburn Center’s Chief Administrative Officer and leads finance, human resources, and equity, diversity and inclusion efforts for the agency. Prior to joining Washburn Center in 2020, Craig served as Vice President of Enterprise Solutions at Minnesota Children’s Museum. His professional experience also includes leadership roles at Greater Twin Cities United Way, Best Buy, Rockwell Automation, The Coca-Cola Company, Towers Perrin and the United States Army. Craig is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Chicago.

Warren, along with the Leadership Team, and with guidance from the Board, will sustain activities and run operations until a permanent CEO is confirmed by the Board. The staff and board of Washburn Center wish Steinmetz well as he continues to advocate for state-wide reform of children’s mental health at Convergence Integrated Care.