Lisa Primus

Lisa Mishraky

Senior Associate

She, Her, Hers


I work to advance our efforts to support public systems focusing on the use of data and research to inform policy, decision making, and best practices. I work with the team that monitors child welfare systems that are facing class-action litigation—assessing progress in their efforts to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families. I lead a national initiative focused on improving well-being outcomes for expectant and parenting youth in foster care, their children, and families. I am also part of the Youth Thrive initiative.

I do this work because

I am committed to changing oppressive and inequitable policies, practices, and systems that impact children, youth, and families.

I am most proud of

Facilitating a national workgroup of researchers, professionals, and experts to develop a set of policy recommendations for child welfare systems on how to best engage and support young fathers: Changing Systems & Practices to Improve Outcomes for Young Fathers, Their Children & Their Families. The paper has been widely used to inform system performance improvement plans.

Work History

  • Trainer and Coach, Research Foundation of the City University of New York
  • Director of Foster Care Placement Prevention Program and Department of Social Services, Family Homeless Shelter in New York City

Education and Awards

  • M.S.W., Graduate School of Social Work, Columbia University
  • B.A., Temple University

When the day is done

I enjoy traveling, volunteering, community activism, and raising a brilliant son who teaches me daily how to be a better human being.