The Alliance that Makes a Difference.

Together with the leadership of our expert board and a staff of legal professionals, social workers, and child advocates, the Alliance works to advance justice, transform lives, and protect the rights of young people.

Our Board


Dena Cook
Age of Learning

Alan J. Epstein
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP


Phillip Rudolph
Jack in the Box, Inc. (retired)


Trent Copeland
Ellis George Cipollone O’Brien Annaguey LLP

Matthew Babrick
First Republic Investment Management

Karey Burke
20th Television

Manuel Cachán
Proskauer Rose LLP

James P. Clark

Scott Edelman
Gibson Dunn

Michelle Esquivel-Hall

Alex Fixmer
The Walt Disney Company

Susan F. Friedman
Producer and Director

Andrew D. Garelick
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Clifford W. Gilbert-Lurie*
Ziffren Brittenham LLP

Leslie Gilbert-Lurie*
Author, Human Rights Advocate and Attorney

Barbara Grushow
Barbara Grushow Designs

Simone Jones   
Sidley Austin LLP

Jo Kaplan
Commissioner, L.A. County Probation

Mitchell T. Kaplan
Kaplan Stahler Agency

Karen Mack
Author and Producer

Steven A. Marenberg*
Paul Hastings LLP

Gary Newman
Attention Capital

Celeste Owens

Mary Ritti
Communications Advisor

Alex G. Romain
Milbank LLP

Rick Rosen*

Bruce Rosenblum


Bradley Ross
Bemel Ross LLP

Susan Saltz
Child Advocate and Film Producer

José F. Sanchez
Deloitte Global

Toni M. Schulman*
Child Advocate

John Schwab 
Munger, Tolles & Olson  

Kris Spazafumo
Capital Group

Silvia Vannini
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Chris B. Walther*
Activision Blizzard (retired)

Robert J. Woolway
FocalPoint Partners, LLC

Kelly Zajfen
Alliance of Moms


Francis M. Wheat, Esq. 
Founder (1921-2000)

*Former Board Chairs

Our Staff

Executive Team
Benefits Program
Education Program
Foster Care Adoptions Program
Healthcare and Healthy Teen Families Programs
Guardianship Program
Children’s Court Advocacy Project
Transition Age Youth Services
Mentoring Program
Opportunity Youth Collaborative
Policy & Advocacy
Client Intake
Volunteer Program
Development & Communications

Join Our Alliance

The work is not easy, but it’s worth it. You will navigate many challenges and tough circumstances to bring down barriers preventing children in foster care from accessing critical support.