top leaders advise our fellowship

Foster America is proudly supported by a robust advisory board, including luminaries in child welfare and social services, experienced leaders of successful fellowship programs from other sectors, and innovators from the private sector.

Child Welfare and Social Service Leaders

MaryLee Allen, Children's Defense Fund

Mary Bissel, Child Focus

Eric Brettschneider, NYC Administration for Children's Services

Sixto Cancel, Think of Us

Marc Cherna, Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Erin Dalton, Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Tim Decker, Missouri Children's Division

Jessica Foster, Youth Villages

Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Sue Lohrbach, KVC Institute

Jamia McDonald, Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families

Molly McGrath Tierney, Baltimore City Department of Social Services

Rafael Lopez, Accentureformerly U.S. Administration on Children, Youth and Families

Ellen Schall, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Carol Spigner, Center for the Study of Social Policy


Leaders of Successful Fellowship Programs

Julie Horowitz, Education Pioneers

Monisha Kapila, ProInspire

Becca Bracy Knight, The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems

Jeff Liebman, Harvard Kennedy School

Katie Sheketoff, Teach for All


Social, Private, & Public Sector leaders

Kahlil Byrd, Forward Progress in Politics and Halcyon Incubator

Marquis Cabrera, Foster Skills, Social Entrepreneur, IBM

Nathalie Laidler-Kylander, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Tyra Mariani, New America

Marina Martin, New America Public Interest Technology Fellow

Daniel Stephens, McKinsey & Company