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Lina Pasquale

Faculty, Senior Director of Strategy, Development, and Operations


Lina is a mission-driven leader with over two decades of tenure in the social and human services sector, advancing positive youth development, traumatic stress theory and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) awareness into practice across multi-service agencies. She utilizes a strengths-based and resilience-centered approach to promote well-being and social-emotional learning for direct service participants and the professionals working within these organizations. Lina also served as a senior administrator and executive of child welfare and residential services programs throughout her career – bridging theory into direct practice along the way.

In 2000, Lina began working alongside Dr. Sandra L. Bloom to adapt and research the efficacy of the Sanctuary Model of Trauma-Informed Care and to codify the model for use in creating healing environments for youth impacted by adversity and trauma. She served as a faculty member of the Sanctuary Institute since its inception. In 2014, Lina was awarded the opportunity to participate in the Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge, resulting in the development of the Center for Trauma-Informed Practice. She has provided trauma-informed and trauma-responsive implementation expertise to organizations and communities throughout the US and Internationally. She has held leadership positions in direct service organizations in NYC and CT and has held positions as a researcher and training specialist for Columbia University and Fordham University and has taught as an Adjunct Faculty at Iona College.

Lina currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice and is a Senior Advisor to the Contemplative-Based Resilience Project of the Garrison Institute. Lina, a former AmeriCorps volunteer, remains active in her local community as a Girl Scouts troop leader, Lion’s service member, and volunteering alongside her children at the local food pantry, nature center, and animal rescue shelter.

Lina holds two graduate degrees in Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and The New School for Social Research.