Executive Leadership

Emily Stewart

Executive Director of Casa Esperanza

Emily Stewart joined Casa Esperanza, Inc. as the Director of Development in 2004, and later served as Deputy Director for six years, prior to becoming Executive Director in 2011.  For more than 15 years, Emily has worked with populations facing barriers to care, including marginalized racial and linguistic communities, at-risk women and girls, disadvantaged youth, homeless individuals and families, and individuals living with mental health and substance use disorders.

During her tenure at Casa Esperanza, she has more than tripled the annual operating budget and secured and implemented ten competitive grants from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, bringing more than $14 M to the agency.  She led the integration of Evidence Based Practices across all of Casa’s programs, increasing residential treatment completion rates by more than 30%, and has overseen the construction and development of the Familias Unidas and Nueva Esperanza projects, adding 23 new units of safe, affordable housing for individuals and families in recovery.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Massachusetts, and began her career in broadcasting as a producer for radio and television. She then transitioned into the non-profit sector, and spent several years consulting to start-up businesses, academic institutions, community health centers, and government agencies on strategic communications, management, program development, fundraising, special events, and property development.

Diliana De Jesús

Deputy Director of Casa Esperanza

Diliana De JesúsDiliana De Jesús joined Casa Esperanza, Inc. as the Development Associate in 2005.  She served in a number of positions before transitioning into the role of Deputy Director in 2011.

As Deputy Director, Diliana is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency and provides direct oversight of the agency’s administrative departments.  Over the last 10 years, she has worked closely with Casa Esperanza’s Leadership Team to implement ten competitive grants from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, bringing more than $14 M to the agency, and integrating culturally competent evidence-based practices into all agency program areas. Over the years, Diliana has worked to ensure the highest possible quality of care for Casa’s programs, serving as the Compliance Officer for the Agency and working with the Management Team to ensure compliance related to programmatic, financial, outcomes reporting, and facilities requirements, including monitoring achievement of strategic goals and objectives.

Diliana is passionate about social justice issues and has more than 15 years of experience working in the Latino community with individuals and families living with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders; at-risk youth and young adults; recent immigrants; returning citizens; survivors of domestic violence; people living with HIV; and homeless individuals.

Diliana is originally from Puerto Rico, is fully bilingual, and has personal experience supporting family members in recovery.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Masters in Theological Studies from Boston University.


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