I help federal and state elected officials develop policies and funding priorities to advance equity in ways that promote better results for children, youth, and families. My policy expertise includes child welfare system and finance reform, health care, and immigration. I also focus on using frontline practice-knowledge to inform equity-focused policymaking and providing technical assistance to state and local child welfare systems, including National Quality Improvement Centers funded through the Administration for Children and Families and child welfare systems operating under federal consent decree.
I do this work because
I believe that an equity focus is the right way to do the work and that children and families deserve every opportunity to live together safely and be successful.
- Family Advocate, Center for Family Representation, Inc.
Education and Awards
- M.S.W., University of Michigan School of Social Work
- M.P.P., Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
- B.A., Middlebury College
- Child Welfare Scholar at the University of Michigan School of Social Work
- Ford School Award Recipient based on merit and community involvement
When the day is done
I serve as a board member for Hope and a Home—a transitional housing program in DC using a multi-generational approach to break the cycle of poverty.
- Advancing Healthy Outcomes: Eight Ways to Promote the Health and Well-Being of LGBTQ+ Youth Involved with Child Welfare through FFPSA
- Integrating DULCE into a State Child Welfare Prevention Continuum
- Supporting All Families: Financing Streams to Support Prevention Programs
- Responsibly Defining Candidacy within the Context of FFPSA: Five Principles to Consider
- Quality Service Reviews: A Mechanism for Case-Level Advocacy and System Reform
- Opportunities for Progress: Better Serving Families with Domestic Violence through the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)
- Seizing the Opportunity: 10 Ways to Advance Equity Through FFPSA
- Prevent, Protect, and Provide: How Child Welfare Can Better Support Low-Income Families
- Family First Prevention Services Act: Pregnant & Parenting Youth FAQs
- 20 Years of TANF: Opportunities to Better Support Families Facing Multiple Barriers
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: A Critical Pathway to Safety and Permanence for States
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: A Critical Pathway to Safety and Permanence for Practitioners
- Promoting Well-Being Through the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard: A Guide for States Implementing the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act
- Protect Medicaid: Critical Opportunities to Support Children, Youth, and Families Involved with Child Welfare
- Improving Health Care Services: Opportunities within Medicaid to Support Child Welfare Involved Expectant and Parenting Youth and Their Children
- Bridging the Language Gap