Board of Directors

Nathalie Laidler-Kylander, Chair
Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Nathalie is a managing director of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK), where she is responsible for identifying and supporting DRK Entrepreneurs. Nathalie is also one of the world’s leading experts on nonprofit brand management; her courses and multiple publications have targeted nonprofit leaders, with the goal of building marketing and branding capacity in the sector. As a biochemist with an MBA and a PhD, Nathalie also built on her experience in strategy consulting to hold a number of prominent positions in sales, marketing and management at Medtronic Inc. She led Doctors Without Borders programs in Armenia, worked for the UNDP in Senegal, and has consulted to dozens of both large and small nonprofit organizations. Nathalie received a BS in Biochemistry from Imperial College at London University, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a PhD from Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Rafael López
Managing Director, Accenture

Rafael is a managing director in Accenture’s Health & Public Service practice in North America, where he works across the firm’s child support, child welfare, public assistance and public health practices to shape strategy and identify, develop and deploy offerings, focusing on helping government, education and nonprofit organizations leverage technology and innovation to improve services and mission effectiveness. He joined Accenture from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he served as the commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. Prior to joining HHS in 2015, Rafael served as a senior policy advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President and with the Domestic Policy Council. Before that, he was an associate director at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Earlier in his career, Rafael served as the president and CEO of The Family League of Baltimore City, Inc., where he was a member of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Cabinet; as executive director of the City of Los Angeles Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families; as deputy director of the City and County of San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families; and as senior deputy for Health and Human Services for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.

Susan Notkin
Director, Center for the Study of Social Policy

Susan has been working on behalf of children and families for over 30 years, designing and managing an array of innovative public and private initiatives. She serves as the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s Senior Vice President, managing the organization’s work on systems reform by advancing responsive, progressive public services for children and families involved in child welfare and other public human service systems. Susan is leading CSSP’s Youth Thrive, a multi-year national initiative, which works to promote the healthy well-being and development for all youth, with a particular focus on youth in child welfare, juvenile justice and homeless systems. Prior to joining CSSP, Susan was the Director for the Children’s Program at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. During her 17 years with the Foundation, she created and implemented a 10-year $50 million grant making program, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children. Earlier, she directed the Foundation’s program for homeless families. Before joining the Foundation, Susan designed the New York City child protective services training academy for the City’s child welfare agency. During the early 1980s, she held positions in the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services, where she represented the rights of clients residing in mental health institutions and directed the state’s agenda in child abuse prevention, child protection, early care, and education and domestic violence.

David Sanders
Vice President, Casey Family Programs

David joined Casey Family Programs in 2006 and serves as Executive Vice President of Systems Improvement at Casey Family Programs. In this role, he provides strategic direction over the foundation’s work with child welfare systems to improve practice, with an emphasis on safely reducing the number of children in foster care. Dr. Sanders has spent his entire career in the human services field. Prior to joining Casey Family Programs, he directed all operations for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. He previously served 10 years as Director of the Hennepin County (Minn.) Children, Family and Adult Services Department. Early in his career, Dr. Sanders worked in Minneapolis, first as a senior clinical psychologist in the Hennepin County Mental Health Center, and later as chief clinical psychologist. In 2016, Dr. Sanders served as chairman of the federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. Dr. Sanders graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Daniel Stephens
Partner, McKinsey & Co.

Dan is a Partner at McKinsey & Company in Washington, DC. He serves clients across industries, including financial services firms, US and foreign public sector agencies, and technology firms. His areas of expertise and experience include customer experience transformation, digital banking and payments business building and operational performance improvement. During his long career at McKinsey, Dan has held several operating and people roles, including leading the recruitment program in Washington, D.C., running the Business Analyst program in New York, and leading associate people processes in the Mid-Atlantic. Dan holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an AB from Princeton University.