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
Cue Health, Inc

Alan J. Epstein
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP


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


Trent Copeland
Browne George Ross O’Brien Annaguey & Ellis LLP

Matthew Babrick
First Republic Investment Management

Karey Burke
20th Television

Manuel Cachán
Proskauer Rose LLP

James P. Clark

Yasmine Delawari Johnson
Alliance of Moms

Scott Edelman
Gibson Dunn

E. Martin Estrada
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

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

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

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

Kris Spazafumo
Capital Group

Silvia Vannini
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Chris B. Walther*
Activision Blizzard (retired)

Robert J. Woolway
FocalPoint Partners, LLC


Francis M. Wheat, Esq. 

*Former Board Chairs

Our Staff

Executive Team
Benefits Program
Education Program
Foster Care Adoptions Program
Healthcare Program
Legal Guardianship Program
Transition-Age Youth Services
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.

Sign up to join the Alliance and stay connected to the work we’re doing in response to the needs of children, young adults, and families impacted by the child welfare system.