We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Darla Bardine as our new Policy Director. Darla has hit the ground running and can be reached by calling the National Network office or emailing her at Darla.Bardine@nn4youth.org.
Darla is a public interest attorney who has dedicated her career to fighting for youth and their families struggling with poverty, unsafe communities, homelessness, violence, and addiction. Prior to joining NN4Y, Darla served as a Dean’s Fellow at Georgetown Law where she assisted in improving two public interest programs, researched and wrote on topics related to vulnerable at-risk youth, and taught and advised LL.M. students. During law school, Darla created the Fight Child Exploitation in Tourism initiative in South Africa, worked on issues affecting foster and adoptive children in Washington, DC at the Foster and Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center (FAPAC), and spent a summer as a law clerk for the Public Defenders’ Office in Arlington County, Virginia.
Prior to entering Georgetown University Law Center, Darla spent three years advocating on Capitol Hill for families struggling with poverty, unsafe communities, and child welfare and criminal justice involvement. Her work included building several successful national coalitions and she helped lead the initiative to end the shackling of incarcerated pregnant mothers in U.S. federal prisons. She also traveled throughout the United States and helped conduct leadership and policy advocacy training workshops for grassroots advocates.
Before moving to Washington, DC, Darla earned her M.A. in Non-Profit Management and International Human Rights from the University of Surrey-Roehampton in London, UK and received her B.S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University.