Program Officer, Community Partnerships
Hope is a community organizer, domestic violence survivor and parent advocate who brings both her personal and professional experience to her new role as the Foundation’s program officer for community partnerships. Drawing on her experiences of successfully reunifying with her three children, advocating for her special needs son with the NYC Department of Education, and more than a decade-long battle in Family, Criminal and Housing Courts, Hope is an expert on the injustices wrought upon children, parents, and families by multiple public systems. For the past seven years, she was a parent advocate with the Center for Family Representation, a not-for-profit law firm in New York City. During her time at CFR, she was featured in the 2019 New York Times article on the New York State Central Registry (The Child Abuse Charge Was Dismissed, but it could still cost you), published in Rethinking Child Welfare Blog (Branded), and the June 2021 Columbia Journal of Race and Law, (The Surveillance Tentacles of the Child Welfare System) as part of the CFR Policy Team. In addition to serving on the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Parent Advisory Board and the planning committee for Narrowing the Front Door, Hope speaks locally, nationally, and internationally on education issues, domestic violence and the evolution of the parent advocate movement. Hope has a B.S. in Public Relations in Journalism/Creative Arts in Advertising from Bradley University in Peoria, IL and is a certified professional coach who uses her skills to coach parents to transformation.