WASHINGTON, D.C., Apr 9, 2020 – The Board of Directors of Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) announced it has appointed Nancy Kay Blackwell to the position of Executive Director.
“The CCAI Board of Directors is very pleased to welcome Nancy to the CCAI team. Her experience, skills, and leadership bring an invaluable depth of knowledge and understanding to CCAI’s work to remove barriers for children in need of families,” said The Honorable Mary L. Landrieu, CCAI Board Chair. “Nancy’s personal passion for children and youth, coupled with her professional expertise in child welfare make her exceptionally qualified to lead CCAI into its third decade.”
Nancy has spent more than 20 years in human services for social and public policy driven organizations in the Greater Baltimore area, Annapolis, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Her areas of focus include child welfare, early childhood education, family homelessness, poverty issues, faith-based policy, workforce development, and fatherhood initiatives for local, state, and national programs.
Nancy was most recently Special Assistant and Senior Advisor at D.C. Department of Human Services’ Family Services Administration where she led the Rapid Rehousing Task Force and managed a portfolio that included program rules and domestic violence. Prior to this role, Nancy served as Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Baltimore for five years. At CASA, Nancy managed the day-to-day operations, raised the annual operating expenses through grant writing, individual, and corporate giving, and raised the voices of foster youth throughout the city. She was also very active with National CASA Association and chaired their Urban Programs Council to coordinate the views and needs of urban programs nationally.
Nancy has also worked at National Association of Foster Care Children of America, D.C. Child and Family Services, Maryland Interfaith Legislative Committee, Center for Urban Families (formerly Center for Fathers, Families and Workforce Development), Baltimore City Department of Social Services, and Maryland Department of Human Services. Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language and Political Science, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Jurisprudence.
“I feel like my career has led me to CCAI. I hope to bring positive relationships I have built over the years to CCAI’s mission given the unique circumstance we find ourselves in today to meet the urgent need of orphans, adoptees, and foster youth,” said Nancy Kay Blackwell, CCAI Executive Director. “I am looking forward to working with the staff and board to grow the programs.”
For 19 years, CCAI has been an established resource for the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Coalition on Adoption, the United States Congress’ caucus on adoption and permanency for children. CCAI works to provide federal policymakers with the information and resources needed to make the dream of a family a reality for every child through its core programs, including Angels in Adoption®, Foster Youth Internship Program®, and 20/20 Vision delegations.
CCAI is governed by a board of directors whose members include The Honorable Mary L. Landrieu, Senior Policy Advisor at Van Ness Feldman and former U.S. Senator from Louisiana; Susan Neely, President and CEO of American Council of Life Insurers; Russell Sullivan, Shareholder of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Susan Hirschmann, CEO of Williams & Jensen; Brian Graff, CEO of American Retirement Association; Kelly Gage, Senior Philanthropic Advisor of Nomi Network; Kerry Marks Hasenbalg, Founding CCAI Executive Director and CEO of Becoming Foundation, Inc.; Kim Carver, Vice President Government Relations of Gulf Coast Bank; Rick Spielman, General Manager of NFL’s Minnesota Vikings; and Rita Lewis, President of RML Strategies.
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes and to eliminating the legal, social, and financial barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right of a family.