Foster Care and Adoption
Barnaby (she/her) joined Extraordinary Families in 2016 as the Director of Philanthropy and Community Relations. Supporting missions that promote empowerment and improve the quality of life for children and families has been the cornerstone of her work for over two decades, serving such organizations as The Music Center, The Colburn School, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. Barnaby’s background guiding institutional advancement focuses on building strong and lasting relationships with constituents, stakeholders, partners, and the community, as well as expertise in board development and communications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the American University of Paris.
Tammy (she/her) brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit operations and international education. Prior to joining Extraordinary Families, she served as Senior Director of Operations at the YWCA of San Gabriel Valley, overseeing finance, operations, programs, and grants management. Her tenure at Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Extended University supported English language learners and international students in their studies. From teaching in South Korea to doctoral studies in teaching of cultures in developing countries, Tammy offers a unique perspective to our diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Her lived experience being adopted through foster care connects her to our mission. Tammy holds a MA in Teaching from Chapman University, MA in Linguistics from Cal State Long Beach, and a Ph.D. in Education from Claremont University.
Jess (she/they) is an accomplished nonprofit leader who has spent close to two decades in the social sector. With a proven track record of success in raising funds, organizing teams, and adapting quickly to new situations, Jess is dedicated to making a positive impact in their community and looks forward to continuing to do so through their work with ExtraFam. They hold a Master of Letters in Shakespeare and Performance, and over the course of their career, progressive fundraising roles have enabled them to achieve their CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive). In addition to their professional achievements, Jess also navigates the challenges that come with a spouse in military service. As a parent of three young boys, they empathize with the challenges, highs, and lows of parenthood and are excited to be a part of ExtraFam’s team.
Our Board of Directors cares deeply about children and families involved in the child welfare system – with nearly half having fostered and adopted from foster care – and they are committed to helping Extraordinary Families fulfill its mission.
Together, our professional staff brings many years of education and experience in the care of children and youth in the child welfare system and the recruitment and support of foster and adoptive families.
We use best practices to create lasting, positive change
We are fiscally prudent to ensure high quality programming
We are committed to children and youth in foster care
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