Erica Hickey is the newest member of the Alliance for Children’s Rights’ Policy and Advocacy Team serving as the team’s Policy Fellow. She holds a BA in Political Science – Public Service from the UC Davis and has advocated for foster youth for about a decade! In her previous life, Erica was a Policy Director for a service based non-profit organization known as VOICES. Some of her favorite projects while working at VOICES were developing youth-initiated policy recommendations regarding the Family First Prevention Services Act in California and engaging young people in a similar style to develop recommendations to enhance and improve New Mexico’s Heart Gallery for adoption. Erica currently volunteers as the Vice Chair of the California Youth Connection Board of Directors and believes that it is her duty to ensure youth feel heard and understand that they are lovable, capable and worthy.