New Leadership Institute for State-based Advocates Class Announced

Posted July 14, 2014, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Casey Foundation recently announced the second class of its Leadership Institute for State-based Advocates. The 15 men and women selected to participate are accomplished child advocates and leaders from across the Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Network, committed to shaping practical policy solutions and public system changes.  

The Leadership Institute, which launched Class 1 in 2012, represents a partnership between the Foundation’s KIDS COUNT team and its leadership development staff, with the goal of strengthening the number of child advocates with the skills necessary to create results for kids and families. Over 18 months, participants will broaden their vision, increase their knowledge, strengthen their existing networks and expand and refine the leadership skills critical to advancing policy reform and advocacy agendas.  

We welcome and look forward to the participation of the following child advocates:

  • Laila A. Bell, director of research and data, NC Child (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Megan Branham, policy and government liaison, Children’s Trust of South Carolina (Columbia, S.C.)
  • Xiomara P. Caro Díaz, government affairs director, Youth Development Institute, Inc./Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico (San Juan, P.R.)
  • Rachel Cooper, senior policy analyst, Center for Public Policy Priorities (Austin, Texas)
  • Jessica Delasandro Mindnich, director of research, Children Now (Oakland, Calif.)
  • Peggy Flanagan, executive director, Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota (Minneapolis)
  • Laura Kellams, Northwest Arkansas director, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (Springdale, Ark.)
  • Rose Naccarato, KIDS COUNT director, Tennessee Commission for Children and Youth (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Lauren Necochea, director, Idaho KIDS COUNT (Boise, Idaho)
  • Lincoln Nehring, senior health policy analyst, Voices for Utah Children (Salt Lake City)
  • Michael Odeh, senior health policy associate, Children Now (Oakland, Calif.)
  • Lori Pfingst, research director, Washington State Budget & Policy Center (Seattle)
  • Cynthia C. Rice, senior policy analyst at Advocates for Children of New Jersey (Newark, N.J.)
  • Carolyn D. Rooker, executive director of Voices for Children in Nebraska (Omaha, Neb.)
  • Roger Senserrich, policy coordinator, Connecticut Association for Human Services (Hartford, Conn.)

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