Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Mobilization
Marlo Nash has served as the senior vice president of public policy and mobilization since July 2015, and she led the process to develop the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ public policy platform and 2017-2019 federal legislative agenda. She returned to the Alliance in this role after a brief time away to help lead the startup of the National Foster Youth Institute, founded by the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth. In 2013, Nash began working at the Alliance as its director of external relations and network mobilization. She designed the network mobilization approach that is in action today.
Previously, she served on the leadership team of Voices for America’s Children as its vice president of membership, which allowed her to reconnect with her state child advocacy roots. Prior to this role, Nash’s early childhood network building, awareness, and engagement efforts captured the attention of United Way of America, and she was recruited to join its national team to lead 2-1-1 and Success By 6, the nation’s largest public-private network of early childhood advocates.
During nearly 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.
Nash moved into public policy advocacy as the director of central Oklahoma’s child care resource and referral center after starting her professional life as an administrator in the U.S. military child care system.