Marlo Nash has devoted her career to working with, or on behalf of, children, youth, and families. After starting her professional life as an administrator in the U.S. military child care system, she moved into public policy advocacy as the director of central Oklahoma’s child care resource and referral center.
During her near 10 years with the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) as the director of Oklahoma KIDS COUNT, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s long-running data tracking and policy change initiative, Nash trained hundreds of child advocacy leaders, produced the annual KIDS COUNT Factbook, and worked closely with media outlets to elevate key issues. While with OICA, Nash served on the Governor’s School Readiness Task Force, worked with business leaders to establish a state-level public-private early childhood partnership, and built a statewide community network of public-private coalitions.
Her early childhood network building, awareness, and engagement efforts captured the attention of United Way of America, where she was recruited to join the national team to lead 2-1-1 and Success By 6, the nation’s largest public-private network of early childhood advocates. From there, she reconnected with her state child advocacy roots by joining the leadership team at Voices for America’s Children as its Vice President of Membership.
In 2013, Nash began working at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities as its director of network engagement. She designed the network mobilization approach that is in action today. After a brief time away to help lead the startup of the National Foster Youth Institute, founded by the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, Nash returned to the Alliance in July 2015 as its senior vice president of public policy and mobilization.