Cecilia Zalkind brings to the Foundation an extensive background in public policy advocacy for children. In her 25 years in leadership roles at Advocates for Children of New Jersey, including now as executive director, she has led important coalitions such as the Early Care and Education Coalition and the New Jersey Build initiative that have advanced high-quality early care and education in the state. Ceil has argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court on preschool standards in Abbott v. Burke, the landmark educational equity case, and on the issue of permanency for foster children in several child welfare cases. Ceil serves on various national leadership committees, including the national Children's Leadership Council. While at ACNJ, she served as an adjunct professor of family and adoption law at Seton Hall Law School. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from New York University and a J.D. from Rutgers Law School.