Partnership Staff and Contact

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Deborah Stein, Network Director

Deborah Stein has more than 30 years of experience in policy analysis and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable children. In April 2015, Debbie became the first Network Director for the Partnership for America’s Children, a network of 50+ state and local independent, multi-issue, child advocacy organizations. The Partnership strengthens, connects, and inspires its members so that they can better improve the lives of children in their communities and across the country.

Debbie most recently spent nine years at the Hatcher Group, where she was Vice-President for Policy. Her work there included developing much of the content for the Casey Foundation’s Advocacy Learning Lab (ALL), writing and editing policy reports , providing strategic communications services and training child advocates in strategic communications, leading Tax Credits for Working Families, helping launch Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, advocating for better state level data for children, and developing messaging for a wide range of clients.

Before the Hatcher Group, she worked for nine years with Voices for America’s Children, where she led the organization’s state and federal policy work and led peer-to-peer advocacy trainings for a national network of child advocates to enable them to be more effective. Her responsibilities included issues such as welfare reform, early care and education, foster care and preventive services, child health, and family economic stability. Debbie previously worked for the Food Research and Action Center and for several national legal services organizations. She spent six years at Brooklyn Legal Services, where she represented indigent clients in housing matters and in obtaining public assistance. She was co-president of the New York City Legal Services union local. A cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Debbie has a law degree from New York University.

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Jasmine Jones, Policy Analyst

Jasmine joined the Partnership for America’s Children in May of 2019. She is committed to advancing data-driven policies that support the holistic development of children and families. She has had experience within non-profit organizations, such as Save the Children and America Reads*America Counts, as well as within national and state-level political organizations. Jasmine is passionate about contributing to the healthy development of young children by supporting the Partnership’s national network of child advocacy organizations.

Jasmine has a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy. She is an alumna of the University of Maryland, College Park where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics.

Contact: [email protected]

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Caleb Herbst, Administrative Assistant

Caleb interned with the Partnership for America’s Children in 2018 and 2019 before joining the staff as an administrative assistant in October 2020. In his young career, he has dedicated himself to the advancement of children and families in a plethora of ways. In his hometown of River Edge, New Jersey, Caleb serves as an elected school board member where he has overseen the implementation of new mental health, social-emotional, and equity/diversity goals for the district. He was first elected to the River Edge Board of Education at the age of eighteen and was among the youngest elected School Board Presidents ever in the State of New Jersey upon his election to the post at the age of twenty.

With the Partnership, Caleb enjoys his involvement with the Count All Kids campaign where he has written blogs and worked on getting as many children counted in the 2020 Census as possible. Caleb loves supporting the Partnership’s dedicated network of child advocates and takes delight in finding new and exciting ways to highlight member successes.

Caleb has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minors in Public Policy and Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey, where he served as the student government president. He is currently studying to get his Masters of Arts in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Contact: [email protected]

Nia Lizanna, Director of Finance and Operations

Nia Lizanna brings over 20 years of experience in office operations, including finance and facilities management, in both nonprofit and corporate environments.

Previously, Nia was Project Director of Administration at NCAP, the national arm of Community Action Partnership. She also served in operations, finance and facilities roles at the Alliance for Safety and Justice, American Dental Education Association and the American Nurses Association. Prior to her start-up and association management work, Nia had program and operations management roles at Guizzetti & Associates, The Sentencing Project, the Mansfield Foundation, The Carmen Group and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

Nia is originally from New Orleans, LA and holds a BA from Tulane University and MBA from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two kids.

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Elissa Glucksman Hyne, Senior Child Welfare Policy Manager

Elissa joined the Partnership for America’s Children in January 2022.  She has spent more than 15 years advocating for children and families involved with the child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and healthcare systems, both nationally and in over a dozen states.

Most recently, Elissa spent 10 years at Children’s Rights, a national children’s advocacy organization that champions the legal rights of children impacted by government systems.  Her work there included providing policy consultation and producing evidence‐based recommendations for state legislative and administrative reform efforts; working with coalitions to advance legislative agendas in the interest of children and families; and writing myriad reports, white papers, and articles featuring extensive research and quantitative and qualitative analysis in the interest of system-involved children and families.  Elissa has prior experience with several organizations including:  the Center for Children’s Advocacy in Connecticut, Lawyers for Children America, Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition, and the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.

Elissa received her B.A. in psychology from Brandeis University, her M.S.W. with a concentration in policy practice from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, and her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Contact: [email protected]

Zoë Kilbourne, Administrative Assistant

Zoë has assisted with logistics and administration of various Partnership projects since 2017. Over the course of 2020, the scope of their work expanded to include virtual event management and technical support for the Partnership’s online meetings, convenings, and other events. Zoë aims to support child advocates as much as possible in improving policy and support for children and families.

They are also a high level tap dancer with more than twenty years of performance and teaching experience. Zoë currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with their fiancé, their cat, and their houseplant.

Zoë identifies as non-binary and goes by the singular “they” for their personal pronouns (they, them, theirs, themself, etc.).

Contact: [email protected]

Emily Howes, Policy Intern

Emily is a Government and Politics major with minors in Public Leadership and Law and Society at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is committed to creating policies that allow for a safe and nurturing environment for children.

Emily has been working with kids since her sophomore year of high school. As a Cornerstone Fellow, she worked with camps across North America to enrich the lives of children. Emily will enhance the mission of the Partnership by analyzing state-level legislative trends across the network and researching resources to strengthen the network’s juvenile justice advocacy efforts.

Contact: [email protected]

Tatiana Fedrick, Child Welfare Intern

Tatiana joined the Partnership for America’s Children in June 2022 as the Child Welfare intern. As an intern, she engages in research and advocacy efforts to help improve policies affecting youth at local, state, and national levels that center on neglect and foster care children. Tatiana seeks to support the goals of child advocates in improving support for children and their families.

Tatiana received her B.A. in Sociology from Colgate University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Policy degree at Georgetown University’s McCourt School with a focus in Social Policy. She utilizes her quantitative and qualitative skills to investigate inequities and racial disparities present in social policy and child welfare systems.

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