Joe Waters
Vice President


  • Accountability
  • Child development
  • Cognition and brain development
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Early learning
  • Federal policy
  • Language acquisition
  • Leadership
  • Politics
  • Poverty
  • Preschool
  • Public opinion and advocacy
  • Rural education

Joe Waters oversees and provides overall direction for strategic initiatives, public policy and research of the Institute for Child Success (ICS). In that capacity, he focuses on creatively building the Institute’s approach for achieving impact and realizing its mission and goals. He also leads the Institute’s efforts in searching for new opportunities, catalyzing innovation, building leadership capacities, developing partnerships, and crafting and executing initiatives in support of all pillars (research, integration, and policy) of the Institute’s work. Waters works with local, state and federal elected government leaders and their staffs, corporate leaders and other partners to ensure the success of every child in school, their lifelong health, and contribution to a prosperous society. Notably, Waters has led the Institute’s efforts in impact investing, including ICS’ exploration of the feasibility of using social impact bonds to scale and sustain early childhood home visiting interventions.