SYEISHA BYRD was appointed director of family engagement at the Early Childhood Alliance (ECA), a coalition of community stakeholders with a shared vision for a more coordinated and strategic early childhood system. In her new role, Byrd will be responsible for the ECA’s outreach and engagement with families and will help create pathways for parents and caregivers to be partners and leaders in the work of the ECA. She most recently served as the director of the Office of Engagement Programs at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel. There, Byrd worked to create, build, and sustain relationships between students, faculty, and staff, and the Syracuse community. Prior to her service at Syracuse University, Byrd worked as a program and site director for Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse. A lifelong Syracuse resident, Byrd earned her associate degree in human services at Onondaga Community College, her bachelor’s degree in social work at Keuka College, and her master’s degree in social work at Syracuse University.