We are pleased to announce that Carrie Miller, Executive Director of the Poverty Alleviation Initiative in the County Chief Executive’s Office, will join us as the keynote speaker for our in-person convening at the California Endowment on October 26th.
Carrie spearheaded the CEO Office’s recently released County Strategic Framework to Alleviate Poverty, Stepping up Together; Co-Creating Paths to a Brighter Future. During this special event, she will outline key elements of the plan, including those that emphasize early childhood-related opportunities to lift our county’s lowest-income families from poverty.
In conversation with Carrie will be President and CEO of GRACE (Gather, Respect, Advocate, Change, Engage), Shimica Gaskins.
We look forward to seeing you in person!
About the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment
LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment (the Partnership) is a philanthropic funding collaborative comprised of some of the country's largest private foundations, impactful family foundations and public funders of early childhood development. The LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment is dedicated to realizing the potential of every child in Los Angeles County. We are a diverse collaboration of funders and government agencies that promotes innovations to prepare children for success when it is most effective and impactful for us all: in the earliest years.
President & CEO, GRACE & End Child Poverty CA
Shimica Gaskins is the President & CEO of GRACE & End Child Poverty CA. She has worked in law and public policy specializing in legislative, regulatory and policy issues associated with criminal justice reform and children’s rights. Prior to joining GRACE, she was executive director of Children’s Defense Fund-California, where she led statewide advocacy, policy, program and organizing efforts to ensure access to quality affordable health coverage and care for children and low-income families, reform the juvenile justice system, promote educational equity, end child poverty, and improve outcomes for children of color. She formerly served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy (OLP) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) where she worked to develop and implement innovative policy initiatives of the department and administration in areas such as smart on crime, law enforcement and emerging technologies, prison reform, reentry, and issues affecting children with incarcerated parents. Prior to joining DOJ, she was in private practice at Covington & Burling LLP where she managed complex civil litigation. Shimica began her career as a law clerk for the Honorable Roger L. Gregory on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Honorable Victoria Roberts on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Shimica serves on the boards of Impact Justice, California Budget & Policy Center, and the Liberty Hill Foundation and is a commissioner on the LA County Commission for Children and Families.
Shimica earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and graduated cum laude with BA in philosophy from the Catholic University of America.
Her writings have appeared in USA Today, Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Daily News, CalMatters, and legal journals.
Executive Director, Los Angeles County Poverty Alleviation Initiative
Carrie Dunbar Miller is the Executive Director of the Los
Angeles County Poverty Alleviation Initiative. As part of
this role, she developed a Board-adopted Countywide
strategic framework for alleviating poverty and led the
launch of Breathe: LA County’s Guaranteed Income
Program. Previously, she served as the Assistant Executive
Director of the Los Angeles County Office of Child
Protection where she led a variety of initiatives in the areas
of prevention, child safety, and data sharing. Prior to this,
Miller served as the Manager for the Los Angeles County
Chief Executive Office’s Service Integration Branch (SIB),
overseeing the Countywide Gang Strategy, Education
Coordinating Council, Information Technology
Infrastructure Development Unit, Research and Evaluation
Unit, Contracting and Administrative Support Unit, Housing
and Homeless Unit, and various initiatives integrating services for system-involved
youth across departments. Before joining SIB, she served as the Director of the Los
Angeles County Education Coordinating Council, a collaborative body charged with
raising the educational achievement of foster and probation youth. Miller received her
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Howard University.