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Yali Lincroft

Program Officer

Walter S. Johnson Foundation

Professional Interests


Yali Lincroft is a long-time children’s advocate and policymaker. She began her career first at the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network focused on early childhood advocacy and then with the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Family on their early childhood portfolio. She has been a child welfare policy consultant to the Annie E Casey Foundation and First Focus, a bipartisan Washington DC children’s advocacy organization. Yali helped First Focus develop several federal and state legislation helping immigrant families involved in the child welfare system, including the Reuniting Immigrant Families Bill (SB1064).She is a founding member of the Legal Services Funders Network and the California College Pathways Initiative (a statewide partnership that provide resources to 2- and 4-year campuses helping foster youth scholars). In 2016, Yali was instrumental in launching theHackFosterCare campaign, a campaign to address the need to improve the welfare system through use of technology and the HireAFosterYouth campaign, focused on increasing employment opportunities for foster youth. Yali has written several publications to aid policymakers and social work practitioners, including ͞When a Parent is Incarcerated: A Primer for Social Workers͟. In 2013, Yali was awarded the White House Champion for Change award and the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women award for her advocacy for children in the foster care system.