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Chief Executive Officer + Founder

Sixto Cancel grew up in and aged out of the child welfare system. His personal lived experience has powered a passion to transform the child welfare system so that every person has the conditions they need to Heal, Develop, and Thrive.

Sixto believes that centering the lived experiences of people whose lives are touched by the system - foster youth, foster parents, caregivers, caseworkers, judges, and funders - allows us to co-design solutions and shift the dynamics that hold problems in place. He and the team at Think of Us are committed to total transformation of child welfare in the United States.


's recognitions include:

  • 2021 Children’s Bureau Champion
  • White House Champion of Change
  • Forbes Top 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur
  • Forbes Under30 Lister Board
  • NewProfit Social Entrepreneur Accelerator Initiative Alum
  • Clinton Global Initiative University Alumni
  • Young Fellow at the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
  • Juvenile Law Center Leadership Prize
  • BET Millennial Maker
  • Top 24 Changemakers in Government Under 24
    (Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council and SparkAction)
  • Fostering the Future Award, Children’s Rights
  • Ashoka Fellow
  • FastForward Alum