Executive Director & Founder
SUN Scholars, Inc.
Christopher Baker-Scott serves as the Executive Director & founder of SUN Scholars Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization that serves foster and adopted youth throughout their college experience across Connecticut. Chris holds a master’s degree in Government Extension Studies from Harvard University, in which he published a thesis titled “Post-Permanency Outcomes of Youth Adopted out of Foster Care: Implications on State & Federal Policy.” Baker-Scott is an Alumni of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institutes 2019 Foster Youth Internship Program, is an AmeriCorps Alum, and was recognized as one of Connecticut Magazine's “40 under 40” in 2022.
ANGELIQUE DAY, PhD, MSW
University of Washington Seattle
Faculty Affiliate of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute
Director of Federal Policy for Partners for Our Children
Dr. Angelique Day, Descendent, Ho Chunk Nation, does tribal work that is largely focused in the child welfare field. Specifically, she is one of the nation's leading content experts on Indian Child Welfare, specifically, the subject of American Indian grandparents as parents, and is playing a leadership role in the development, testing, and roll-out of two national, tribally adapted foster parent training curriculums.
Director of Client Voice
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
April Lee is CLS’ first Director of Client Voice. In this role, April ensures the inclusion of CLS clients’ lived experiences in internal and external work and advocacy at all levels. April joined CLS as Peer Parent Advocate in the Family Advocacy Unit, the first person in a role of this kind in Legal Services in Pennsylvania. April sits on the Pennsylvania Governor’s Opioid Abuse Child Impact Task Force and has helped guide some of the research surrounding the Opioid Epidemic as part of the City of Philadelphia’s Don’t Take the Risk awareness campaign.
DR. MELISSA T. MERRICK
President and CEO
Prevent Child Abuse America
Melissa T. Merrick, PhD, is President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America), the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect. She has more than 20 years of clinical, research, and leadership experience related to the etiology, course, and prevention of child abuse and neglect.
LEXIE GRUBER PERÉZ
Service Design Masters Candidate
Royal College of Art in London
Former Senior Advisor on Child Welfare in the Biden Administration
Lexie is a strategist and designer using Human-Centered methods to co-create solutions to complex problems within the social sector. She is a current Service Design Masters Candidate at the Royal College of Art in London. She previously served as a Senior Advisor on Child Welfare in the Biden Administration, and as a management consultant at Accenture in their Public Sector space.
Center on Children and the Law
American Bar Association
Jey Rajaraman joined Family Integrity & Justice Works in January 2022. Prior to that, she served as Chief Council and a supervising attorney of Legal Services of New Jersey’s Family Representation Project (FRP). FRP provides parents in child abuse or neglect and termination of parental rights litigation with information, advice and representation. Additionally, the FRP provides advice and representation to youth in DCPP’s care, both those who have become parent defendants themselves and those who are seeking aging-out services from the Division. Jey is a co-chair of the ABA Parent Counsel Steering Committee. Jey is also an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School.
VIVEK S. SANKARAN
Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Child Advocacy Law Clinic
Director, Child Welfare Appellate Clinic
University of Michigan, Michigan Law
A clinical professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, Professor Sankaran directs both the Child Advocacy Law Clinic and the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic, through which law students represent children and parents in trial and appellate proceedings. Professor Sankaran has written numerous articles focused on improving the child welfare system and has litigated cases before the Michigan Supreme Court. In addition, he conducts state and national trainings and works on child welfare initiatives with various national groups, including the American Bar Association, Casey Family Programs, and the National Center for State Courts.
Director of Public Policy
Children’s Home Society of Washington
Shrounda Selivanoff is the Director of Public Policy at the Children's Home Society of Washington. She brings a fierce and passionate voice advocating for systemic change for parents and their children involved with the child welfare system. She was previously involved with the child welfare system and has since reunited with her daughter. Shrounda's child welfare experience birthed an advocate seeking to destigmatize parents and move towards a system that empowers and values parents as partners. Shrounda's work prioritizes marginalized and disenfranchised families and relentlessly pursues policy change and system reform toward preserving and strengthening families.
VICTOR E. SIMS, MBA BA
Family Well-Being Strategy Group
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Victor Sims is a management consultant, a Certified Diversity Professional and passionate advocate for reforming the foster care system. He grew up in Florida's foster care system and has dedicated his life to improving the experiences of children in similar situations. Victor has reduced the number of children sleeping in offices by 100% within 4 months through building partnerships and recruiting kinship families
PAUL VINCENT, MSW
Former Alabama Child Welfare Director
Consultant and Court Monitor
Paul Vincent has spent more than 50 years working in child welfare. He has served as a child welfare caseworker, state child welfare director, director of a non-profit technical assistance organization and as a federal court monitor in multiple child welfare jurisdictions operating under a court settlement. He currently has a court monitoring role in South Carolina and in Los Angeles County. His work over the decades has provided a vivid picture of the harm the loss of family integrity and the separation of children from their families has on those served by the child welfare system.