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


Alan J. Epstein
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Vice Chair

Alex G. Romain
Jenner & Block


Phillip Rudolph
The ExCo Group


Trent Copeland
Ellis George LLP

Matthew Babrick
J.P. Morgan

Karey Burke
20th Television

Manuel Cachán
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

James P. Clark

Scott Edelman
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Michelle Esquivel-Hall

Alex Fixmer
The Walt Disney Company

Susan F. Friedman
Producer and Director

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

Clifford W. Gilbert-Lurie*
Ziffren Brittenham LLP

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

Barbara Grushow Bujold
Barbara Grushow Designs

Simone Jones   
Sidley Austin LLP

Jo Kaplan
Commissioner, L.A. County Probation

Mitchell T. Kaplan
Kaplan Stahler Agency

Marc Korman

Karen Mack
Writer, Attorney and Producer

Steven A. Marenberg*
Paul Hastings LLP

Will McKenna
Capital Group

Gary Newman
Attention Capital

Celeste Owens

Bradley Ross
Armanino LLP

Susan Saltz

Gary Saltz Foundation
Child Advocate

José F. Sanchez
Deloitte Global

Toni M. Schulman*
Child Advocate

John Schwab 
Munger, Tolles & Olson  

Silvia Vannini
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Steven Velkei
Velkei Law

Robert J. Woolway
B. Riley Securities

Kelly Zajfen
Alliance of Moms


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

*Former Board Chairs

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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.