Leadership

Sherry Lachman
Founder & Executive Director

Sherry has devoted her career to improving government systems that serve vulnerable children and families.  She was previously a domestic policy advisor to Vice President Biden, a senior policy advisor at the Department of Education, a senior education counsel to Senator Al Franken, and an attorney at the Juvenile Law Center. Since founding Foster America, she has been recognized as a senior fellow at Harvard’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government, a GLG fellow, and a Draper Richards Kaplan entrepreneur. Sherry holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's in philosophy from the University of Cambridge, a J.D. from Columbia University, and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard. Her commitment to child welfare stems from her experience in foster care as a child.

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Marie Zemler Wu
Co-Founder & Chief Program Officer

Marie is a creative community-builder with extensive child welfare experience. In past roles at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Center for the Study of Social Policy, Marie consulted to child welfare systems across the nation.  As an adoptee, her work is informed by a personal mission to see every child rooted in family. Marie is a graduate of Macalester College, Boston University's Center for Digital Imaging Arts, and the Harvard Kennedy School. Marie leads Foster America's programs, including work with fellows, host agencies, and fellowship candidates. 

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Team

Emily Ente: Director of Strategy & Operations                  Email Emily
Wanda Mial: Director of Partnership Development Email Wanda
Shannon Scott: Director of Fellowship Experience             Email Shannon
Adora Svitak: Special Assistant to the Executive Director   Email Adora

 

FACULTY

Raj Chawla, The OCL Group
Brian Clapier, Chapin Hall
Jessica Mason, Social Impact Studio
Molly McGrath Tierney, Accenture
Susan Notkin, Center for the Study of Social Policy 
Shalita O'Neale, Fostering Change Network
Nathalie Laidler-Kylander, DRK Foundation
Peter Watson, Casey Family Programs
Kristen Weber, Center for the Study of Social Policy 
Allison Wyatt, Edgility

ADVISORY BOARD

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, formerly Missouri Children's Division
Jessica Foster, Youth Villages
Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Sue Lohrbach, KVC Institute
Jamia McDonald, Deloitte; formerly Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families
Molly McGrath Tierney, Accenture, formerly Baltimore City Department of Social Services
Ellen Schall, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Carol Spigner, Center for the Study of Social Policy

SUCCESSFUL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM LEADERS

Julie Horowitz, formerly Education Pioneers
Monisha Kapila, ProInspire
Becca Bracy Knight, The Broad Center
Jeff Liebman, Harvard Kennedy School
Katie Sheketoff, Marriott, formerly Teach for All

SOCIAL, PRIVATE, & PUBLIC SECTOR LEADERS

Kahlil Byrd, Invest America
Marquis Cabrera, Foster SkillsSocial Entrepreneur, IBM
Leana Katz, 100 Women Strong
Tyra Mariani, New America
Marina Martin, New America
Peter Treadway, Steadfast Financial