FaithBridge Foster Care, Inc. has announced the appointment of Bob J. Bruder-Mattson as its new president and CEO.
“Bob is a visionary in leading nonprofits and will take FaithBridge forward as its faith-based foster care solution evolves and expands to serve children throughout the nation,” said Richard L. Jackson, chairman of FaithBridge and chairman and CEO of Jackson Healthcare. “We are blessed to have Bob lead us in this mission.”
Bruder-Mattson most recently served as president and CEO of The United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur. There, he emphasized performance, innovation and partnerships as he promoted an environment where all children have an opportunity to thrive and be part of a loving family. In addition, in 2014, he was appointed to the governor’s Child Welfare Reform Council by Gov. Nathan Deal, which was created to improve the state’s child welfare system and protect those brought under the umbrella of the Department of Family and Children’s Services.
“FaithBridge’s ministry is one that truly serves God by caring for the most vulnerable among us – foster children,” Bruder-Mattson said. “It is an honor to lead FaithBridge who pioneered the model of partnering with the church to address the foster care crisis. In my experience, no one does Christian foster care better than FaithBridge, and I look forward to helping ensure that the Community of Care® model spreads throughout Georgia and the country.”
Prior to joining the Children’s Home, Bruder-Mattson was the CEO and co-founder of Bluewater Nonprofit Solutions, an information technology and management consulting firm. Before starting Bluewater, he spent nearly 17 years in a variety of leadership roles at the American Cancer Society, including his most recent role as the national vice president/chief information officer of shared services.
Bruder-Mattson’s involvement with at-risk youth and families began with Big Brothers Big Sisters while in college, and has continued over the years with service to the United Way, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, Fraser Neighborhood Services, Winton Place Youth Center and Habitat for Humanity.
He received his bachelors in business administration from Bethel University and his masters in planning/management from the University of Cincinnati.