2017-2018 Policy Fellows

Second Year Fellows

Amy Coombs

Lehi, Ut
Executive director of prestige government relations & Consulting Group, LLC

BIO

Amy Coombs is the Executive Director of her own firm, Prestige Government Relations and Consulting Group LLC, where she has gained significant legislative and policy experience.  Throughout her career, Amy has built a reputation in policy development and analysis, advocacy, consulting, media relations, lobbying, and political management. Coombs has had the opportunity to lead teams, develop grassroots coalitions, create programming, manage a congressional campaign, draft model legislation, and successfully pass many legislative proposals.  Amy’s ability to develop creative and strategic stakeholder solutions and “mind the divide” are frequently sought after.     
 
In 2015, she introduced new policy approaches that were presented at the International Interior Design Association’s National Legislative Symposium; she has been invited back to speak this same event in 2016.  In addition, Amy had the privilege of speaking at the 2015 National Republican Liberty Caucus Conference about policies related to “Minority Outreach” and even moderated the panel entitled “Federal Reserve and US Debt”. Recently, Amy passed the first legislation in the country in over 10 years, which established practice rights for interior designers who were prohibited from practicing to the full extent of their education and experience.  
 
As a first-year Network for Social Work Management Policy Fellow, Amy participated in a Fellows project to be published in the Human Resources Organizations, Management, Leadership and Governance Journal entitled; “Developing Policy and Management Leaders: Six social work policy fellows share their experiences, case studies and recommendations for leadership development”. Amy continues her research on implementing trauma-informed organizational interventions for non-clinical government and business entities. She participates in several legislative workgroups, including the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s Sexual Violence and Suicidality Workgroup and was recently nominated to serve as President of Utah Representative Ken Ivory’s Trauma-informed Legislative Workgroup. 
 
 
Amy completed her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California in 2015.  Her graduate work focused on two areas of specialization: COPA (Communities, Organizations, Policy, and Administration) and clinical social work. She also earned her Human Services Management Graduate Certificate which entails mastery of competencies necessary for successful management of both public and private nonprofit organizations. 
 
Amy is passionate about helping individuals, non-profits, corporations, and government agencies; she is inspired and driven to improve access to safe and ethical mental health services for all.  She was honored to receive an Official Citation of Recognition from the state of Maryland in January 2015, “in recognition of her tireless efforts within the legislative process on behalf of consumers of mental health services”.  

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Daniel Domaguin

Sacramento, CA
BEHAVIORAL health clinical manager at the california rural indian health board

BIO

Daniel Domaguin is a second-generation Ilokano immigrant, born and raised in south San Diego, CA. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College and his Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. He has been serving California’s American Indian/Alaska Native communities through behavioral health programming since 2009. Daniel is currently the Behavioral Health Clinical Manager in the Research & Public Health Department at the California Rural Indian Health Board. Outside of work, Daniel enjoys Mother Nature, crafting, martial arts, improvisational comedy, random trivia, and baking copious amounts of pastries.

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Nidia Hernandez

Los Angeles, CA
lead therapist/ MSW field supervisor at Aviva family and children services

BIO

Nidia currently serves as a bilingual MSW Field Instructor and Lead Therapist at Aviva Family and Children Services, a community mental health non-profit agency. She is also Adjunct Faculty for the Psychology Department at Mount Saint Mary’s University.

 
Nidia Hernandez received a Bachelor’s degree in Chicano/a Studies from California State University of Northridge and pursued a second Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from California State University of Los Angeles. She obtained a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from California State University of Northridge.  

Mentors

Murali Nair

Los angeles,ca
Clinical professor at the usc suzanne dworak-peck school of social work

BIO

Murali Nair joined USC in 2012 after 20 years teaching at Cleveland State University, including stints as director of its School of Social Work and co-director of the Center for Healing Across Cultures. At USC, he teaches courses in policy, leadership, science of social work and international social work.

He is an honorary professor, member, consultant and adviser to several national and international organizations, such as The Network for Social Work Management, Corporation for National and Community Service, Amrita University – Bharathidasan University in India, Beijing Normal University in China and University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka.

Nair has written, edited or co-authored 13 books, including Evidence Based Macro Practice in Social Work, Effectively Managing and Leading Human Service Organizations and Engaged Learning: Preparing for Professional Practice. He has also written more than 100 refereed journal articles, book chapters and invitational paper presentations at national and international professional conferences. His cross-national field studies have resulted in the production of 11 documentaries, including five on centenarians, healing power of the environment, tsunami aftermath and Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath.

His current interdisciplinary research interests focus on evidence-based macro practice, digital trends in human service management, sustainable development, alternative health systems, gerontology (cross-national studies on healthy centenarians), engaged learning and global social work. An avid mentor, Nair involves Master of Social Work students in many aspects of his research, from community outreach to publication and presentation of findings at conferences.

In addition to his social work degrees, Nair has a master’s degree in computer science from the New York Institute of Technology

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Bruce Friedman

bakersfield, CA
Past president of the nswm board of directors

BIO

Bruce D. Friedman, PhD, ACSW, CSWM, LCSW, past president of the board of the Network for Social Work Management; the current co-convener of Social Work and Health Inequalities Network (SWHIN), and serves on a number of editorial boards including the Journal of Social Service Research and Social Thought. He is the editor of the special issue of Social Work and Health Inequalities to be published in the International Journal of Public Health. His interests focus on areas of social justice, especially work with TANF and welfare-to-work recipients, homeless people, persons with mental illnesses and substance abuse issues and their families, and health coverage for the uninsured. He primarily does Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) in the areas of addressing cultural factors associated with childhood obesity, substance abuse, health inequalities, and alternatives for suspension & expulsion in high school. Dr. Friedman is noted for taking complex issues and simplifying them, as noted by some of his books, How to Teach Effectively: A Brief Guide (2013, 2008), The Research Tool Kit: Putting it All Together (2006, 1996), and The Ecological Perspectives Cookbook: Recipes for Social Workers (1999), and his most recent book, Public Health, Social Work and Health Inequalities (2015). He has trained community-based physician educators and other professionals in the art of active learning to enhance the learning environment.

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Katherine Briar-Lawson

Albany, ny
professor and dean emeritus at the university at albany school of social welfare

BIO

Katharine Briar-Lawson is a national expert on family focused practice and child and family policy. Among her books (co-authored) are Family-Centered Policies & Practices: International Implications (2001), and (co-edited) Innovative Practices with Vulnerable Children and Families (2001), Evaluation Research in Child Welfare (2002), Charting the Impacts of University-Child Welfare Collaboration (2003), Social Work Research (2010), Social Work Practice Research (2010), and Globalization, Social Justice and the Helping Professions (2011), and The Children’s Bureau: Shaping a century of child welfare practices, programs and policies. Until this year she-chaired the Gerontological Task Force for the National Association for Deans and Directors and served as a past president. In addition, she is a Co-PI of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute.

First Year Fellows

LeeAnn Oakley

Little Rock, AR
Social Work Care Coordinator at Arkansas Children’s Hospital

BIO

 

To make big impact, we need everyone involved.

LeeAnn Woodrum moved to Little Rock Arkansas from Minneapolis, MN. She studied Social Work and Public Health at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and proceeded to work in community mental health supporting highly stressed families develop equilibrium in the midst of conflict and violence. Devoted to family, LeeAnn moved to Arkansas to be near aging family. Here she continued her work supporting families through crisis as a Pediatric Heart Transplant Social Worker where she started to learn about medical health behaviors of children, adolescents and parents who experience complex chronic medical illness. LeeAnn began to understand the importance of individual and population based interventions which made her transition into the Patient Centered Medical Home a natural fit. She focused on individual patients while supporting changes in clinic with the help of nurses and doctors to work and improve the overall health of kids in primary care. In her free time, LeeAnn loves to practice yoga, walk her dogs and enjoy delicious foods with her friends.

Rihan Issa

Broomfield Mount pleasant, MI
Prevention educator and volunteer coordinator at women’s aid service

BIO

Rihan Issa is a first-generation Arab-American, born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI. She obtained a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Rihan currently works for a local domestic violence organization as the Prevention Educator and Volunteer Coordinator. She also chairs the local human trafficking coalition. Rihan has a deep passion for activism and social justice issues. Besides community work, she carries an interest in the art of storytelling and with that she transcribes and produces stories for a podcast called Palestinians Podcast.  

Tamara Hunter

los angeles, CA
executive director of the commission for children and families

BIO

Tamara Hunter is the Executive Director of Los Angeles County’s Commission for Children and Families (Commission). The Commission serves as an advisory body to the County’s Board of Supervisors on matters involving at-risk children and their families, and works with public and private partners to improve the child welfare service delivery system. She began her career as a professional social worker with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, where she focused primarily on macro-level social work practice. Tamara has extensive experience in public child welfare; having managed programs, administered internal operations, led cross-sector collaborative teams, and published work on cross-sector collaboration and social welfare policy. Tamara is currently a doctoral student in the University of Southern California’s Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) program. Her doctoral work centers on the social work Grand Challenge of Ensuring Healthy Development for All Youth, and focuses specifically on the intersection of child maltreatment, poverty and inequity, and systemic paradigms.

Mentors

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Jack Register

Greensboro, NC
CEO of the national area health education center (Ahec) organization

BIO

Jack is a social worker by training.  He is licensed as a mental health and addiction therapist.  Jack is also a licensed supervisor for new clinicians entering into behavioral health work. Jack has over 20 years of non profit, human services, and mental healthcare practice.  Jack still supervises and sees clients in private practice.  

Jack is also an adjunct professor of social work at NC State University and has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses.  The specialization of Jack’s academic work is behavioral health integration and the public policy questions around it.  Jack has been an adjunct or full time professor off and on for last 15 years at four different universities.  Jack has received teaching awards and is known for action research and practice simulations that give students opportunities to practice their skills. 

Jack has also been an advocate and lobbyist in NC General Assembly and in Congress.  Currently Jack is the national CEO for the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) organization.  Jack also has his own consulting firm and is frequently doing public presentations about behavioral health policy and the implications for social justice.  In 2007 Social Work Today Magazine named Jack “One of Today’s Most Influential Social Workers”  

Lauri Goldkind

NEW YORK, NY
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT FORDHAM UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SERVICE

BIO

Dr. Goldkind has a longstanding interest and practice background in nonprofit leadership, capacity building and organizational development. At Fordham she teaches across the foundation and advanced years. Her practice experience has been centered in the youth development, education and juvenile justice realms.

Prior to joining the faculty, she served as the Director of New School Development and the Director of Evaluation at The Urban Assembly (UA), a network of new specialized public schools located in the Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan. At UA she supported principals through the new school process, helping them earn start-up grants valued at over $500,000 per school; additionally, she provided technical assistance to principals and school-based staff on data-driven decision making, development and maintenance of data management structures and the effective use of data to improve student achievement. She has had the privilege of working for youth in NYC at organizations such as CASES, the Posse Foundation and the DOME Project.

Marcella Wilson

Detriot, MI
Ceo and founder at transition to success

BIO

Marcella Wilson, Ph.D., of Detroit, has over 30 years of experience in healthcare and social work with extensive experience in not-for-profit management, managed care, behavioral health, criminal justice and public sector programming. Dr. Wilson, a University of Michigan alumnus, holds degrees in psychology, sociology, a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Ph.D. in Health and Higher Education. Dr. Wilson is committed to developing a national standard of care that frames poverty as a treatable environmental condition, not a character flaw. Since 2006, in her position as President/CEO for Matrix Human Services, Dr. Wilson’s work and research has focused on developing a national standard of care to treat the condition of poverty. This standard, Transition To Success™, is now being integrated into pilots across the country, including the largest expansion of Head Start in Detroit’s history. Under Dr. Wilson’s leadership, Matrix Human Services, a not for profit 501(c)3, now serves 25,000 clients annually and addresses challenging social issues that include child abuse and neglect, runaway youth, substance abuse, hunger, senior services and homelessness, coordinating all services essential to promote the health and economic self-sufficiency for all of our clients, families and community.

First Year Fellows

Kayla Roney Smith

Hazel park, mi
executive director of hazel park promise zone and college access network

BIO

Kayla Roney Smith is the Executive Director of the Hazel Park Promise Zone Authority, a place-based scholarship program and college access network in southeast Michigan. Previously, she served as a college adviser to high school students and a program coordinator overseeing youth after-school and summer programming. Kayla received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University and a Master of Social Work with concentrations in Social Policy & Evaluation and Community & Social Systems from the University of Michigan. For her college access work, Kayla was named as one of southeast Michigan’s “20 in their 20s” by Crain’s Detroit Business and one of Oakland County, Michigan’s “Elite 40 Under 40”. Kayla co-chairs the Detroit Chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, chairs the Michigan Junior Leagues’ Statewide Public Affairs Committee, and chairs the National Association of Social Workers-Michigan’s Chapter Committee on Nominating and Leadership.  

Douglas Manigault III

Detroit, MI
manager of foundation relations at the children’s center of wayne county

BIO

Douglas F. Manigault III [pronouns: he/him/his] is the Manager of Foundation Relations at The Children’s Center of Wayne County. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan and a University of Michigan School of Social Work graduate. His favorite pastimes include house-hunting for fun, traveling, collecting pens and notebooks, and, most notably, talking (to anyone about anything!).  

Lauren Hyre

chandler, az
social services coordinator at care 7, city of tempe

BIO

Since 2011, I have practiced social work in various roles and settings from case management in a refugee resettlement organization, to clinical intervention in an eating disorder treatment center, to program development and management in a city human services department. I have a Bachelor’s degree in social work from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and a Master’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. I currently practice in Tempe, Arizona as a Licensed Master Social Worker, and use my experiences from across the country and around the world to inform my practice. My passion lies in public service, and I believe it is my role as a social worker to inform policy and affect change in my local, national, and global society. I consider myself a champion of social justice, and have dedicated my life to advocating for marginalized populations. I am committed to using my skills, knowledge and power for good. I am particularly interested in issues related to women’s rights, health care access, affordable housing, economic security, and civil rights. Outside of my social work practice, I am an advocate for self-care and enjoy practicing yoga, riding horses, and spending time with my animals.  

Mentors

Betsy Schwartz

Washington, dc
Vice president public education and strategic initiatives, national council for behavioral health

BIO

Betsy Schwartz oversees the Mental Health First Aid program at the National Council for Behavioral Health. She has orchestrated foundation and other strategic partnerships for the National Council, including a partnership with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to promote youth mental health. Schwartz has also been instrumental in developing a National Council integrated health curriculum offered at schools of social work across the country.

Prior to coming to the National Council, Schwartz was CEO of Mental Health America of Greater Houston for 30+ years. She led the nonprofit to expand its mental health initiatives, and partner with community members and organizations. She forged strong partnerships between the mental health association and the Houston Police Department and the juvenile justice system. Schwartz is a senior fellow of the WK Kellogg Foundation and American Leadership Forum. She was chosen by the Houston Chronicle as community leader and “Woman on the Move” and received the Houston Psychological Association’s Public Citizen of the Year award.

Samuel Mistrano

LOs Angeles, ca
Clinical associate professor at the usc suzanne dworak-peck school of social work

BIO

Sam Mistrano joined the faculty as an adjunct in 2004 and was elected to full-time associate status in 2010. He teaches both on campus and in the online Virtual Academic Center. Mistrano is chair of the school’s Policy sequence, director of Community Immersions and lead faculty for the foundation-year Policy Practice course. He is also a member of the Curriculum Council, the new faculty search committee and acts as an admissions “tie-break” reviewer.

Mistrano specializes in policy practice. He was a senior facilities project manager for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) from 2008 through 2010, where he created affordable workforce housing for lower-income teachers and staff by leveraging district-owned land to form public-private partnerships. There are four resulting projects either in operation or under construction.

Before joining LAUSD, Mistrano was director of the state-wide agency Housing with Heart, which provides job training, education and case management services to more than 5,000 low-income families living in affordable housing throughout California.

Previously, he was deputy executive director of the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing, where he helped draft state legislation, reform the statewide tax credit allocation system worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and worked on numerous local and regional efforts to simplify and fund the production of affordable housing.

He also served as founding executive director of the Human Services Alliance, which helped create social service policy at the regional and state level by organizing hundreds of non-profit agencies in Los Angeles County to impact welfare, healthcare and child care for low-income families. During this time, Mistrano was named one of the 25 most effective young executive directors in the nation by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and one of Los Angeles’ most effective advocates by L.A. Weekly.

Mistrano started his career at the ACLU’s National Legislative office in Washington, D.C., from which he transferred to Los Angeles to become the ACLU’s legislative director in Southern California. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and is a licensed member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar associations. Mistrano graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in Political Science.

Todd Rofuth

baltimore, MD
co-chairperson of the social work department at southern connecticut state university

BIO

Dr. Todd Rofuth was the Chairperson of the Social Work Department for 16 years from 2001-2016 and is currently serving as Co-Chairperson until 2018. He has been a professor at Southern for 27 years and was the former Director of the Urban Studies Program for ten years. He is currently the Chairperson of the Department Personnel Committee conducting searches for three faculty positions. He has served as the Chairperson of several department committees including the Faculty Committee, Management Committee, Department Evaluation Committee, the Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee, the Admissions Committee and the Social Service Management Committee. He has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate level including many courses in social service management, research, social welfare policy, ethnic realities and the thesis/capstone practicum seminar. Dr. Rofuth holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and a Doctorate of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013 he completed two three year terms as Vice President of the National Association of Deans and Directors for Graduate Social Work programs. He was also previously on the Board of NADD for several years and is also serving on the Board until 2018. From 2000-2002 he was the Co-Coordinator of Southern CT State University’s 10 year reaccreditation self-study for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. He has had 39 years post MSW social work practice experience primarily in social welfare policy analysis, research and supervisory positions in federal and state government and private consulting. He has obtained more than 40 grants in a variety of areas including child welfare, drug courts, community housing, Ryan White, child care and welfare reform. Since 2006 Dr. Rofuth has served on the editorial board of Journal of Family Social Work. Dr. Rofuth is a site visitor chairperson for CSWE and has conducted seven site visits. He also has served as an external promotion and tenure reviewer for five universities. He is active in the New Haven community including serving on the Board of the New Haven Farms (a community empowerment and health program), the Occupational Industrial Corporation of New Haven, and the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (for 15 years) and serving from 2010 to 2014 as the Secretary of the Board of Governors of the New Haven Lawn Club (a national preservation site that holds local community events on a weekly basis).  

First Year Fellows

Matthea Marquart

New York, NY
Director of administration, online campus at columbia university school of social work

BIO

Matthea Marquart is the Director of Administration for the Online Campus and a Lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Social Work (http://socialwork.columbia.edu/), the oldest school of social work in the United States. Her nonprofit leadership experience includes roles as National Director of Training at Building Educated Leaders for Life, where she launched an award-winning blended e-learning and in-person training, President of the NYC Chapter of the National Organization for Women, and Director of Foundation and Government Relations at Inform, Inc. She has also been a blogger for New York Nonprofit Press. Ms. Marquart holds an MSSW from Columbia University and a BA from Emory University. She has also completed a United Way of NYC Senior Fellowship in the Nonprofit Leadership Development Institute at Baruch College, and an online Business Certificate from Columbia University.  

Mistrano started his career at the ACLU’s National Legislative office in Washington, D.C., from which he transferred to Los Angeles to become the ACLU’s legislative director in Southern California. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and is a licensed member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar associations. Mistrano graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in Political Science.

Kimson Johnson

Washtenaw, MI
humAN SERVICES PROGRAM SPECIALIST II at washtenaw county office of community & economic development

BIO

Kimson Johnson, MSW is a human services professional who implements and supports community programs and projects to further human services and enhances the quality of life. She is dedicated to improving community outcomes, equity of care and policy advocacy for all populations but, specifically, older adults.  

Neva Wallach

Los angeles, ca
msw student at the usc suzanne dworak-peck school of social work

BIO

Neva Wallach is a second-year student in the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work studying Social Change and Innovation. As a Dean’s Leadership Scholar and Social Change and Innovation Fellow, Neva is interested in the intersection of criminal justice reform and social innovation. She won “Intern MVP” at Communities In Schools in Pacoima for her contributions to gang prevention and intervention in the San Fernando Valley. After interning in Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Public Safety this summer, Neva aspires to further social worker engagement through data and technology. Neva’s vision is to coordinate efforts and help facilitate communication amongst various local and international stakeholders in social change.  

Mentors

Murali Nair

Los angeles,ca
Clinical professor at the usc suzanne dworak-peck school of social work

BIO

Murali Nair joined USC in 2012 after 20 years teaching at Cleveland State University, including stints as director of its School of Social Work and co-director of the Center for Healing Across Cultures. At USC, he teaches courses in policy, leadership, science of social work and international social work.

He is an honorary professor, member, consultant and adviser to several national and international organizations, such as The Network for Social Work Management, Corporation for National and Community Service, Amrita University – Bharathidasan University in India, Beijing Normal University in China and University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka.

Nair has written, edited or co-authored 13 books, including Evidence Based Macro Practice in Social Work, Effectively Managing and Leading Human Service Organizations and Engaged Learning: Preparing for Professional Practice. He has also written more than 100 refereed journal articles, book chapters and invitational paper presentations at national and international professional conferences. His cross-national field studies have resulted in the production of 11 documentaries, including five on centenarians, healing power of the environment, tsunami aftermath and Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath.

His current interdisciplinary research interests focus on evidence-based macro practice, digital trends in human service management, sustainable development, alternative health systems, gerontology (cross-national studies on healthy centenarians), engaged learning and global social work. An avid mentor, Nair involves Master of Social Work students in many aspects of his research, from community outreach to publication and presentation of findings at conferences.

In addition to his social work degrees, Nair has a master’s degree in computer science from the New York Institute of Technology

Peter Braun

los angeles, ca
adjunct lecturer at the usc suzanne dworak-peck school of social work

BIO

Peter Braun is an adjunct lecturer, teaching courses on leadership, management and social policy within the Department of Community, Organization, and Business Innovation. He recently received the first Exceptional Faculty Award from the National Association of Social Workers-USC Chapter, just one of two faculty at the school to be recognized.

Braun boasts a broad and extensive career in the field of aging and community social work. From 2009 to 2013, he served as executive director of the American Diabetes Association in Los Angeles. During his tenure, he created a national model for best practices, capacity building and system expansion for diabetes clinical centers, funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Previously, he was president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter, developing a national model for delivery of service for people with dementia and caregivers in the Latino, African-American and Asian-Pacific Islander communities. He also oversaw the agency’s expansion, from a budget of $252,00 in 1988 to $5.7 million in 2008.

Braun has served in a variety of leadership positions including membership on the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Alzheimer’s Advisory Committee in Sacramento (1999-2009); delegate to the White House Conference on Aging (1995); and co-founder and chair of the Los Angeles Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (1997-2000). He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on the subjects of Alzheimer’s disease and cross-cultural issues.

Lauri Goldkind

NEW YORK, NY
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT FORDHAM UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SERVICE

BIO

Dr. Goldkind has a longstanding interest and practice background in nonprofit leadership, capacity building and organizational development. At Fordham she teaches across the foundation and advanced years. Her practice experience has been centered in the youth development, education and juvenile justice realms.

Prior to joining the faculty, she served as the Director of New School Development and the Director of Evaluation at The Urban Assembly (UA), a network of new specialized public schools located in the Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan. At UA she supported principals through the new school process, helping them earn start-up grants valued at over $500,000 per school; additionally, she provided technical assistance to principals and school-based staff on data-driven decision making, development and maintenance of data management structures and the effective use of data to improve student achievement. She has had the privilege of working for youth in NYC at organizations such as CASES, the Posse Foundation and the DOME Project.