Alliance Appoints New CEO


LOS ANGELES, CA, July 5, 2017—-The Alliance for Children’s Rights today announced that Laurie Rubiner, J.D., will be the next Chief Executive Officer for the organization. Rubiner is Chief of Staff for Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and previously served as Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy for Planned Parenthood and Legislative Director for Senator Hillary Clinton. She plans to assume her new position with the Alliance in mid-September.

“At this critical moment when the political climate is most challenging, vulnerable children need strong advocacy, thoughtful policy, and passionate, intelligent leadership more than ever,” says Leslie Gilbert-Lurie, co-chair of the Alliance Board of Directors. “We have full confidence in Laurie to lead the Alliance. Her deep knowledge and federal experience means the Alliance will continue to be a leading light in child welfare reform.”

Earlier in her career, Rubiner served as Vice President for Program and Public Policy at the National Partnership for Women & Families, and as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator John H. Chafee. “Ever since those early days working with Senator Chafee to pass the Adoption and Safe Families Act and, later, the Foster Care Independence Act, I’ve been committed to the needs of children,” Rubiner says. “My passion lies with protecting and providing for vulnerable children and families, and the Alliance has an impeccable track record in that area. I greatly look forward to joining this exceptional organization.”

After 15 years at the helm of the organization, current Alliance CEO Janis Spire plans to retire this year. She will stay on throughout the transition. “The Alliance has never been in a better position,” says Spire. “For 25 years, the Alliance has represented children in adoption, education, healthcare, and benefits cases, and that has given us a deep well of information about how the system works and what needs to be fixed. We’ve tapped that knowledge to rewrite the laws that define foster care across the state, and now it’s time to take that work to the next level. I couldn’t be more pleased to be handing the reins to such a qualified leader. I greatly look forward to the future of the Alliance with Laurie as CEO.”

David Sanders, Executive Vice President at Casey Family Programs, says, “I’ve known the Alliance under Janis Spire to be one of the most effective, influential child welfare advocacy organizations in the United States. Laurie Rubiner brings a set of skills and qualities that will assure that the agency continues its high performance and compassionate, relentless advocacy. She is strategic, determined and has a proven record of success. This is especially evident from her role in landmark legislation including the Foster Care Independence Act and the creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The children and families of Los Angeles are very fortunate that Ms. Rubiner chose this path as they will be the beneficiaries.”

Steve Marenberg, co-chair of the Alliance board, says: “The board launched an extensive national search to identify the right candidate. Laurie’s depth of experience and political acumen make her the perfect fit. I know our young clients will benefit from her thoughtful leadership.”

ABOUT: The Alliance for Children’s Rights provides free legal representation for children in foster care in greater Los Angeles. The Alliance also champions policy reform and legislation to improve the lives of vulnerable young people across California and nationwide. Among other notable accomplishments, the Alliance helped to pass the law that extended foster care from age 18 to 21 in California, and waged a long battle to secure equity for relative caregivers so that children who enter foster care can remain with relatives with equal provision for their needs. Currently, the Alliance is working at the forefront of foster care reform to secure stability, education and justice for abused and neglected children and young adults.

CONTACT: Amy Heibel, Communications Director