Peter Goldberg, Leader of Major Child Welfare Group, Dies Unexpectedly

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Peter Goldberg, CEO of Milwaukee-based Families International for the past 17 years, died on August 12 after suffering a heart attack while hiking with his wife in Maine.

“This is a tragic loss for Peter’s family and the entire Families International network. We extend our deepest sympathies to Peter’s family,” said Richard J. Cohen, chairman of the Families International Board of Directors, in a statement issued by the organization on Saturday.

Families International is the parent organization of the nonprofit Alliance for Children and Families, one of the largest membership organizations in the field of youth services, many of them nonprofit providers of family preservation and foster care.  

The Alliance recently received a four-year, $5.4 million grant from the Kresge Foundation to help 19 of its 350 members develop long-term strategies for their future.

Stephen Mack, who is currently chair of the Alliance for Children and Families board, will serve as interim CEO of Families International while the board conducts a national search for Goldberg’s replacement.

Families International also operates United Neighborhood Centers of America, Ways to Work, and the for-profit FEI Behavioral Health.

Goldberg was president of the Prudential Foundation and head of Primerica’s foundation and its social responsibility programs.