Thought leader has two decades of experience leading digital startups and creating innovative products.
Technology executive Tristan Louis has been named by the board of directors as the new president and CEO of Case Commons®, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming public human services through innovative technology.
“In a wide-ranging search with many competitive candidates, Tristan stood out both for his dedication to serving vulnerable children and families and his strong track record of bringing technology tools to market,” said Patrick McCarthy, chairman of the Case Commons board and president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which founded Case Commons in 2010. “He is the dynamic leader who can seize Case Commons’ momentum to achieve greater scope and scale for its innovative solutions.”
Louis, who begins work March 21, succeeds Case Commons founder, President and CEO Kathleen Feely, who developed the concept for the technology nonprofit as vice president for innovation at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Feely is retiring after a long and distinguished career focused on initiatives aimed at reforming public sector human services to better improve outcomes for children and families.
In addition to his key involvement in a number of startup companies, Louis served as global head of internet and mobile at Deutsche Bank and global chief innovation officer at HSBC. He launched and managed Keepskor, a global leader in designing branded games for mobile devices, until its sale in 2014, and was chief executive officer at the strategic consulting firm Moveable Media, growing the consultancy to 40 employees before its acquisition in 2001. He has been recognized as a pioneer in the field of cash management and mobile transactional systems. An adoptive parent and active volunteer, Louis knows the difference that family connections can make in the life of a child, and the importance of effective public systems to sustaining those connections.
“As states move to replace their systems with modern technology, our secure, cloud-based solutions are ideally positioned to put ‘humans’ back into health and human services software,” Louis said. “I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to build on the Case Commons team’s amazing track record and work with them to extend the transformation of public human services with the award-winning Casebook suite of products.”
Under Feely’s leadership, Case Commons grew into the leading nonprofit provider of new, 21st-century child welfare/human services case management technology and an outspoken advocate for the importance of modern technology to transforming child welfare and the broader human services system. Case Commons developed Casebook®, a unique web-based family information management platform grounded in social network concepts. By providing high quality data and intuitive, user-friendly tools, the technology supports both workers on the front lines and policy makers in the front office to make better informed decisions focused on improving life outcomes of vulnerable children and families.
Casebook is the winner of a coveted Code for America Technology Award as well as UX Magazine’s International Design for Experience Award, and has been a key component of Indiana’s child welfare technology portfolio since 2012. Since Indiana began using Casebook, the share of its children placed with relatives has increased by 28 percent.
Case Commons was recently selected to develop California’s new open source digital service for child welfare intake, a system that will replace the intake functions of the state’s 20-year-old Child Welfare System-Case Management System (CWS-CMS).
BoardWalk Consulting, a national executive search firm that focuses on nonprofits and foundations, assisted the Case Commons board in its search for a new CEO.