Before joining NN4Y, Darla created and launched the Fight Child Exploitation in Tourism Initiative in South Africa and worked to reform foster care in Washington, DC. As a federal policy advocate, she fought to secure assistance for families navigating the complex criminal justice and child welfare systems. During this time, Darla established her reputation as an exceptional leader, policy advocate and grassroots organizer.
In 2013, Dara helped re-launch and re-structure NN4Y. As Policy Director, she established an unprecedented coalition of homeless youth providers, advocates, experts and young leaders from across the country. She also launched NN4Y’s 2013-2015 RHYA Reauthorization Working Group, the National Youth Advisory Council and the National Summit on Youth Homelessness. Since becoming Executive Director in 2014, Darla has continued to expand the width and depth of NN4Y’s advocacy agenda. Moreover, she has strengthened the capacity of individuals and organizations to advocate on behalf of young people experiencing homelessness.
Ms. Bardine holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. in Nonprofit Management from the University of Roehampton and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Eric has worked on extensively on issues impacting youth and other populations in need of community support. While at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, Eric coordinated the organization’s support of NN4Y and other coalition partners on youth homelessness issues.
Most recently, Eric served as the Director of Health Policy, Advocacy & Communications with Healthy Howard, Inc., a community-based direct service nonprofit in Columbia, MD. Prior to moving to the nonprofit sector, Eric worked for US Senator Patty Murray in her Washington, DC office. Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Western Washington University.
She attended Spelman College, and is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans and Howard University. She is a current Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy doctoral student at Pepperdine University; with research focusing on increasing representation of girls and women in STEM, mindfulness and holistic educational practices to promote well- being and academic achievement. She was also the youngest graduate of the Summer Leadership Institute at Harvard University for leaders involved in faith-based community and economic development initiatives.
Professionally she has served as Chief Program Officer for Jabo Industries, engaged in energy, information technology and healthcare consulting; and has worked with and managed educational and community development projects for Martha’s Table, Incorporated, KIPP Los Angeles Schools, Communities In Schools and the Children’s Defense Fund. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of the Covenant Full Potential Development Center (CFPDC), an organization serving hundreds of families in DC’s most underserved communities. In her free time, she enjoys mentoring, exploring new countries, zip-lining, live sporting events and art shows.
Amy received the Lawyers Club of San Diego “Women and the Law Project Scholarship” at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, the “Charles T. Bumer Civil Libertarian Award” from the National Lawyers’ Guild, and the “Outstanding Law Student at TJSL Award” from the National Association of Women Lawyers. Upon graduation, Amy received an additional certificate in Law and Social Justice, as well as a certificate for her 565 hours of pro bono hours accomplished during law school. She has served as the Youth Director on the San Diego Unaccompanied Youth Task Force, a collaboration between NAEHCY and the San Diego Continuum of Care. In her role with the Task Force, Amy consulted with legislative staff helping to guide and build new legislation. She has traveled to the California Capitol more than once to deliver legislative testimony at committee hearings regarding legislation affecting homeless youth. In addition to policy work, Amy has also led numerous trainings on youths’ rights, building local task forces, and implementing new laws.