Foster Coalition Team
Leah Burdick, Founder
Leah is the founder of FosterCoalition.com. She has 20+ years' experience in the business world specializing in traditional & digital marketing, public relations & communications, technology product development and innovation, process improvement and business development. She launched two start-up companies and also worked for a Fortune 500 for nine years. Leah has a passion for leveraging for-profit best practices to improve the foster care system. She is a regular blogger for the Chronicle of Social Change with a focus on spotlighting programs changing the status quo for all things related to foster care.
In 2015 Leah proposed California Assembly Joint Resolution No. 17 (AJR 17), which was introduced by Asm Patty Lopez in May 2015. AJR 17 urged the President and the U.S. Congress to enact Senate Bill 664 (the Foster Care Tax Credit Act) to provide tax relief to parents fostering children for six months or less to help cover the actual costs of caring for the child. Leah testified to the Committee on Human Services in Sacramento in June 2015. In September 2015, AJR 17 passed both Houses and was signed by Governor Jerry Brown.
In 2016, Leah was named an Angels in Adoption honoree by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI).
Leah has a BA in Creative Writing & Spanish from SUNY Binghamton and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She has also done coursework related to Journalism for Social Justice through UC Berkeley. Leah lives in Sacramento with her husband and son.
Laura Hansen, Advisor
Laura is Founder and President of GoldVision, LLC, an organization dedicated to cultivating stewardship practices in organizations and business, communities and within the individual. Laura also launched Social Mission Central, a training guild for defining, aligning and putting social missions into action. She is Founder of the Divine Spark Center, a mindfulness and meditation training center. Laura is a board director and leader for the National Association of Women Business Owners, Sacramento Valley.