Track: All
Commitment: Leading with Vision
North Star: Strategic Partnerships

Level of Learning: Learner

The federal government can play a supportive role in strengthening child and family well-being by reinforcing safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments. The two-year bipartisan budget deal passed in February 2018 was a great example of this, as it prioritized child care assistance and the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting program.

Additionally, the fiscal year 2018 federal spending package included increases to many programs that create well-being for children and families, such as the Child Abuse Prevention and Treament Act, Social Services Block Grant, and 21st Century Learning Communities, and funded new initiatives such as the Family First Services Prevention Act. Now is the critical time for the nonprofit health and human services sector to ensure that legislation takes a public health approach and emphasizes true primary prevention. This interactive session will dig deep into new federal policy, how it’s being implemented in states, and upcoming opportunities to ensure funding is focused on what really strengthens the well-being of children and families.  

Learning Objectives

  • New legislation and increases in funding that benefit the nonprofit health and human services sector and those we serve
  • Opportunities to influence how new investments can best be leveraged to increase well-being for children and families
  • A plan to work with state and local stakeholders in advocating for how new investments in child and family well-being should be prioritized


  • Marlo Nash, senior vice president of public policy and mobilization, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (@AllianceNews @AlliancePolicy)

Marlo Nash
Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Mobilization
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

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.