Denise Hinds is the Associate Executive Director of Foster Care, Juvenile Justice and Supportive Housing at Good Shepherd Services in NYC, she oversees a the agency’s programs treatment and regular Foster Care programs for 295 children, 6 child welfare and juvenile justice residential programs, a community-based program for court-involved youth and two supportive housing programs for young adults. During her 35 years at Good Shepherd Services, Ms. Hinds has been instrumental in developing a variety of innovative youth development driven programs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Maryville College in Tennessee and a Masters in Social Work from the Hunter College School of Social Work, and completed the Executive Education Program at Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She is certified as a New York State Licensed Master Social Worker, as well as a Clinical Field Instructor. She has also served as a Faculty Advisor for the Hunter College School of Social Work.
Denise presently lives in South Orange New Jersey with her teenage daughter Maura. She continues to dedicate a great deal of her free time in support of LGBTQ issues and presently is the board chair of the Newark LGBTQ Community Center and serves as a board member of the Family Equality Council as well as serving as the internal moderator for Good Shepherd Services LGBTQ internal work group.