Jay McManus joined the Children's Law Center as Director in March 1999. A graduate of New England Law Boston and the University of Massachusetts, he previously worked as staff counsel to the state's Department of Children & Families, and as Assistant General Counsel to AFSCME, Council 93, a public employee labor union. Between 1991 and 2007, he directed the Massachusetts chapter of the IPPCH-Because of the Children Program, a not-for-profit that provided relief to children of Irish political prisoners and to families affected by the conflict in the North of Ireland. Prior to his service in the legal field, McManus worked as a counselor to child patients with disabilities, a counselor to youth in state Department of Youth Services programs, and as a pre-school teacher. He is a former foster parent.