James Vetter, Executive Director of the Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for MA
Jim Vetter has over 25 years of experience supporting diverse communities domestically and globally in promoting social and emotional health and well being.
As Executive Director of the Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts, Vetter works to help all young people succeed socially, emotionally and academically by advancing and supporting effective social and emotional learning programs, policies and practices in schools and communities throughout Massachusetts. Jim also serves as Associate Director of Health and Technology at Education Development Center, Inc., where he leads design and implementation of a range of interactive online and in-person training and coaching programs across the United States and around the world on topics related to social and emotional health and well being. Jim’s current projects include serving as Project Director for EDC’s work on Essentials for Childhood, a CDC framework that helps states across the country develop cross-sector partnerships to foster safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children from early childhood through adolescence. Vetter also serves as the social and emotional learning expert on the Special Legislative Commission on Behavioral Health Promotion and Upstream Prevention in Massachusetts.
Vetter previously worked as Director of Programs and Services at Open Circle, a nationally recognized elementary school social and emotional learning program; consulted on the Second Step social and emotional learning program for preschool through middle school; directed suicide and youth violence prevention programs at the Virginia Department of Health; and consulted with numerous schools and districts on effective implementation of social and emotional learning.
Jim received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.