Sixto Cancel’s life in the foster-care system—which he entered before his first birthday—drove his work to create Think of Us, which he leads as Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Sixto has been recognized as an Ashoka Fellow, a White House Champion of Change, by Forbes as one of its “30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs,” and by BET as a “Millennial Maker.” He has served as a Young Fellow at Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative since 2010, and is an alum of Clinton Global Initiative University and FastForward. He is on the Board of Directors for interactive SMART video-tech company Adventr and on the Advisory Board for Box, Inc.
About Think of Us
Think of Us (TOU) works to transform the U.S. child welfare system and improve outcomes for the millions of children and families it impacts every year. TOU’s research and design lab centers the lived experiences of those directly affected by the system and creates trusted partnerships with government agencies, lawmakers, providers, advocates, and foundations to drive novel, scalable solutions at the federal, state, and local levels. TOU’s innovative combination of data and technology and system-impacted expertise has resulted in efforts like wraparound tools for youth, foster, and kinship families; streamlining the process to provide housing to youth aging out of foster care; and collecting actionable data from foster youth in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.