Our professional staff are highly dedicated to their roles as child advocates. In everything they do, their guiding light is the child’s best interests. Our Staff brings many years of education and experience in the child welfare and public policy.
Andrew Bridge, Chief Executive Officer
Andrew later returned to the system that raised him and became Executive Director of the Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles, where he worked to expand free legal services to children in foster care and in poverty. There, he played a critical role in streamlining foster children’s adoptions and establishing National Adoption Day, along with improving foster children’s access to medical care, and ensuring their right to see and speak with a social worker on a regular basis. Andrew is also the former Managing Director of Child Welfare Reform at The Broad Foundation.
Andrew continues to advocate for foster children’s educational opportunities, is a founding director of the New Village School focusing on the needs of girls in foster care and in impoverished Los Angeles communities, and is a trustee of the St. Anne’s Home for pregnant and parenting teens. Andrew’s first book,Hope’s Boy, a memoir about his young mother’s struggle with mental illness and his childhood in foster care, was a New York Times Bestseller, Washington Post Book of the Year, Los Angeles Times Discovery Book, and People Magazine Critic’s Choice Book.
Janet Marinaccio, MA, Chief Operating Officer
Janet brings nearly 20 years of nonprofit experience to her role at SCFFAA. A seasoned nonprofit leader with local and national recognition for her expertise in workforce development services for veterans, youth and people with disabilities, she most recently served as Vice President, Workforce & Career Development at Goodwill Southern California where she oversaw $20 million of government and privately funded initiatives serving those with the most significant barriers to employment, including foster youth. During her tenure with Goodwill Industries International, she provided consultative services and capacity building training to dozens of Goodwills throughout the US and Canada helping them develop and implement program strategies, create integrated fundraising plans, and develop program evaluation/outcomes management plans.
Janet joined SCFFAA in 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Niagara University, a Master’s degree in Psychology/Child Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute, is a Career Development Facilitator Master Trainer, and was a 2009-2010 Aspen Institute Sector Skills Academy Marano Fellow.
Robyn brings over 18 years of Social Work experience to her position at Southern California Foster Family & Adoption Agency. Prior to joining SCFFAA, she spent 5 years working with children, prospective adoptive parents, birth parents and adult adoptees at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services Adoption Division. Her expertise in independent… [more]
Sarah Boone, MSW, Adoption Program Supervisor
Sarah has over 13 years of child welfare experience. She has worked as a Child Protective Services Social Worker and Trainer as well as Therapist and Clinical Supervisor for youth in Treatment Foster Care. The role in which Sarah takes the most pride is as Mom to her three wonderful sons who she adopted through foster care. Sarah is passionate about adoption and her part in helping to match families to children in foster care.
Director of Philanthropy and Community Relations
Adoption Social Workers
Emily Goldberg, MSW
Nicolaus Garcia, MSW
Dennis Sullivan, MA
Foster Care Social Workers
Margaret Baumgardner, MSW
Lori Blakeway, MSW
Jennifer Mejia, MSW
Bonnie Sharpe, MSW
Amanda Silvers, MSW
Beryl Varner, MSW
Director, Youth in Transition Program
Alex Becker, MPP
Lilian Conover, MPP