She, Her, Hers
I work to advance efforts to support public systems focusing on the use of data and research to inform policy, decision making, and best practices. I lead a national initiative aimed at improving well-being outcomes for expectant and parenting youth in foster care, their children, and families. I work with the team that monitors child welfare systems facing class-action litigation. I also support the Youth Thrive initiative, which applies research in adolescent development to change policy and practice, so all young people have the opportunity to succeed.
I do this work because
I am committed to transforming oppressive and inequitable systems and working to achieve a more racially, economically and socially just society.
I am most proud of
Learning from and supporting the personal and professional development of expectant and parenting youth in foster care and young parent leaders.
- Trainer and Coach, Research Foundation of the City University of New York
- Director, 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.
- Our Identities, Ourselves: An Anti-Racist Review on Collecting Accurate Data on Race and Ethnicity
- Factors Associated with First and Repeat Births Among Females Emancipating From Foster Care
- Advancing and Measuring Well-being for Youth and Young Adults: the Youth Thrive™ Survey
- Understanding the Developmental Needs of Expectant and Parenting Youth
- Expectant and Parenting Youth: Inaugural Webinar
- Creating Opportunities for Expectant and Parenting Youth: A Co-Parenting Approach
- Expectant and Parenting Youth: Lessons from the Field
- Changing Systems and Practice for Young Fathers to Improve Outcomes for Young Fathers, Their Children, and Their Families