Quality Parenting Initiative Champion
Brandy Hudson is the Associate Executive Director of the California Youth Connection (CYC), a youth-led organization whose mission is to develop leaders who empower each other and their communities to transform the foster care system through legislative, policy, and practice change. She strives to ensure that CYC is a continuous learning organization with structures and processes in place to promote sustainability and a healthy organizational culture. Brandy also works as a Special Initiatives Consultant for the Youth Law Center, supporting the Quality Parenting Initiative, Birth and Foster Parent Partnership, and the CHAMPS Campaign to transform foster care systems across the nation so every child and youth can thrive. Brandy previously worked as a technical assistance project manager for Casey Family Programs and spent five years at the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency serving in various roles including program supervisor and special assistant. Prior to joining CFSA, she worked as a continuous quality improvement administrator for the Richmond City Department of Social Services and as a strategic consultant and child welfare trainer for the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Brandy draws on her own experience as a former foster and probation youth and child welfare involved parent, working to elevate and center the voice and expertise of those most impacted by child welfare and juvenile justice systems as leaders and designers of system transformation.