Director of Policy and Impact Litigation
Sabrina Forte, Director of Policy and Impact Litigation, works with the Alliance’s policy team to develop and shepherd state, local, and federal policy efforts and lead targeted impact litigation designed to promote and protect the rights of youth in foster care. Prior to joining the Alliance, Sabrina was a staff attorney at Youth Law Center, where she engaged in legal advocacy related to transition-age youth in and exiting foster care, including advocating for extended assistance to young adults exiting foster care during the Covid-19 public health emergency. Before that, she was a staff attorney and project coordinator for Bay Area Legal Aid’s Youth Justice Project, where she worked with young people in San Francisco and the East Bay to access critical entitlements in the education, mental health, social services, juvenile probation, and child welfare systems. Sabrina has presented to state and national audiences on a range of topics including transitional housing rights and resources, the application of Continuum of Care Reform and extended foster care to probation-supervised foster youth, and the importance of civil legal aid for young people impacted by foster care, juvenile justice, and homelessness.
Sabrina earned a joint JD/MA degree from Stanford Law School and Stanford Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College. She began her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard A. Paez on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and before law school she taught elementary school in Boston, MA.