Tiffany Boyd is a former client of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. She spent 10 years in care and has spent the following 10 years since then traveling and advocating for reform of the child welfare system. She is a resident of Long Beach California, where she provides care for her schizophrenic mother and a full-time Public Administration major at California State University Dominguez Hills projected to graduate with her bachelor’s degree May 2018. She was appointed as a Commissioner on the Citizens Oversight Committee for Proposition HHH. She is working on starting her own non-profit organization geared towards training and mobilizing emancipated and post-transition age foster youth to assist youth who are still in care and transition age foster youth navigate the system successfully.
Tiffany is a member of the National Foster Youth Institute’s Leadership Corps (NFYI), has participated on the Alliance for Children’s Rights Youth Council, and was a member of California Youth Connection (CYC). Tiffany spent the summer of 2017 working on Capitol Hill as a summer intern for Senator Kamala Harris as part of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Foster Youth Internship program. While on the Hill she lobbied for foster care reform, wrote and published a policy report regarding quality of care for system involved youth, and presented her policy recommendations in briefings to several members of Congress and the White House Domestic Policy Council.
Bill has served as the CEO of Covenant House California (CHC), since 2014. Committed to doing more to deal with the crisis of youth homelessness in CA, in that time, Covenant House has grown from a site in Los Angeles and Oakland, to now four sites between LA County and Alameda County, with new sites in development in Berkeley, Orange County, and Los Angeles County, as well as site expansion projects in Oakland and Hollywood. Covenant House now serves close to 4,000 youth experiencing homelessness, each year in CA.
With just about 25 years of child welfare and homeless services experience, Bill’s passion for working with youth, came from his parents, who have been foster parents for 30+ years and who adopted 8 of his 11 siblings through the child welfare system. Bill began his career in social work doing street outreach, residential care and behavioral modification therapy in Chicago, Illinois, in the mid-1990s. He subsequently spent 13 years with the L.A. County Department of Child and Family Services, as a Children’s Social Worker, Supervising Children’s Social Worker, Assistant Regional Administrator, and finally, as the agency’s South County Regional Administrator. In 2010, Bill left to become the Executive Director at Olive Crest, Los Angeles, and was subsequently appointed as ED of Olive Crest’s Southern California operations in 2012; providing mental health and family support services, as well as foster care, adoption and residential care, in LA, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties.
Bill has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Finance from Taylor University, a Masters of Social Work from Loyola University, and has served as an adjunct professor in USC’s Graduate School of Social Work since 2012. When he’s not leading Covenant House CA’s movement to end youth homelessness in CA, you will find Bill spending time with his lovely wife, chasing after his two young sons in Long Beach, CA, and rooting on any sports team from his hometown of Philadelphia!
Eli Romero has over ten years of direct experience in the fields of economic and workforce development, and child welfare. In 2017, Eli launched Listo, a consultancy specializing in strategic planning, fund development, project management, program development, and training on equity and inclusion. Listo's portfolio includes the coordination of the City of Long Beach's Strategic Plan for Youth Emerging Adults, implementation of a Living Cities small business grant, and in collaboration with Pacific Gateway and Kaiser Permanente, the convening and management of the Long Beach Youth Services Network, and with the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Harbor Performance Partnership Collaborative. He also provides technical assistance to pre-apprenticeship grantees based in Alaska and Texas through his work with Performance Excellence Partners. Prior to launching Listo, Eli worked on the development of career pathways and work-based learning activities with Los Angeles Unified, and Downey Unified, and led regional efforts with the Child Welfare Initiative to streamline workforce services for youth in and exiting the foster care system. In 2011, Eli successfully led the implementation of a coordinated youth reentry model for the City of Long Beach in partnership with Long Beach Unified and the LA County Probation Office.
Eli holds a Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from Long Beach State University, is a member of Marathon Petroleum's Community Advisory Committee, Pacific Gateway's Youth Development Committee, and has presented for numerous organizations including the U.S. Department of Labor, California Workforce Association, and the National Association of Workforce Boards. He grew up in the Los Angeles Harbor region and is an ardent supporter of trans youth, and is in solidarity with the movement for Black lives.