By Michael Fitzgerald, The Imprint, January 26, 2021
The leader of a prominent foster care reform group – who spent time as a child in foster care herself, a searing experience that she’s said shaped her work as a congressional policy adviser – has been appointed to a senior role in President Joe Biden’s administration, according to tweets and website updates today from her organization, Foster America.
Sherry Lachman will become associate director for education, income maintenance and labor in the new president’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Her appointment puts a leader with designs on paring down the reliance on foster care within child welfare, and improving the experience for those who do experience it, in a position to have influence over a sweeping range of fiscal and regulatory matters on Biden’s agenda.
Before co-founding Foster America in 2016, Lachman worked as domestic policy adviser to then-Vice President Joe Biden, and senior education counsel to former democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota.