Jeffrey Schiffer

Jeffrey Schiffer is a cultural anthropologist, child advocate, and value-driven leader with a passion for building better services and systems to support children and youth.  His family history intersects with poverty, child abuse, child welfare, and many of the systems and structures that continue to create barriers for youth today.  Jeff was the first person in his immediate family to complete a degree when he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of British Columbia.  He later went on to complete a master’s and PhD in anthropology and education at Columbia University, with a focus on decolonizing Indigenous child welfare in Canadian cities.  Jeff has worked in the post-secondary, non-profit and public service sectors, supporting governments and organizations to innovate systems and services with a focus on equity and reconciliation.  Over the past 15 years he has held roles at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society, the Justice Institute of British Columbia, the City of Toronto, and Native Child and Family Services of Toronto.  Jeff also volunteers on boards and committees, including: the Toronto Foundation and the Child Welfare League of Canada.