Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Josh, 23, has been involved with CYC for five years. Since joining, he has held multiple positions within the organization including Los Angeles Chapter Chair and Statewide Advisory Board Co-Chair.
Marissa is a Program Officer at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation on the Organizational Effectiveness team. At the foundation, she provides organizational development funding for grantees working on reproductive health and protecting biodiversity.
Youth Voice, Youth Choice! One could describe Erica as a determined young woman with the actions to match her drive. She has been a foster youth advocate with California Youth Connection (CYC) since entering the system at 16 years old.
Sherry Lachman is the Founder and Executive Director of Foster America. She has devoted her career to improving government systems that serve vulnerable children and families.
Carroll Schroeder is a consultant in private practice focusing on organizational and program transformation of nonprofit organizations serving children, youth and families.
Gail Yen is a Health Policy Associate at Children Now, an advocacy research and policy development organization dedicated to promoting children’s health and education in California.