Sherry Lachman is the founder of Foster America, a program she is developing with the Center for the Study of Social Policy to strengthen the pipeline of child welfare leaders.  Previously, she served as a domestic policy advisor to Vice President Biden, a senior policy advisor at the Department of Education, a senior education counsel to Senator Al Franken, and an attorney at the Juvenile Law Center.  She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Harvard Kennedy School.  Her commitment to improving government systems for children stems from her experience in foster care as a child.

Venture: Foster America aims to build a movement of transformational child welfare leaders.  It will recruit accomplished professionals from the public and private sectors and place them as fellows at child welfare agencies.  It will offer them training, work experience, and a network to prepare them to lead child welfare reform efforts.