Press release

Amanda Kirchner has been named the Director of Legislative Advocacy for the County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA). Kirchner comes to CWDA from the office of Assemblyman Ken Cooley, where she served as Legislative Director for nearly 10 years. During that time, she played a critical role in legislation that strengthened opportunities for foster youth to succeed. Kirchner said she looks forward to helping CWDA advance policy priorities that benefit children, families, older adults, and marginalized communities in the coming years.

“I have had the privilege to partner with CWDA on foster care and child welfare issues while working for Assemblyman Cooley, the Chair of the Select Committee on Foster Care,” Kirchner said. “I am incredibly excited for this opportunity to work with their membership directly and help shape statewide policy on these critical issues.” 

CWDA Executive Director Cathy Senderling-McDonald said Kirchner brings substantial legislative experience to the job at a critical time.

“As California continues our work to create a more equitable and robust safety net system for those in need, Amanda’s demonstrated expertise in pushing legislation over the finish line will be vital in helping CWDA advocate for policies that serve all of our communities,” Senderling-McDonald said.

CWDA’s former Director of Legislative Advocacy, Paula Villescaz, has transitioned to the new Associate Director of Legislative Advocacy position, where she will continue to be integral to the association’s policy development and advocacy. 

Kirchner begins today.


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