Council Term: 2015-2016
Crys O’Grady, JD, is the research manager at NICWA. Crys earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology with an emphasis on poverty and inequality from Stanford University, and her juris doctor from the University of Washington School of Law. While at Stanford, Crys conducted quantitative research on the demographics of youth in congregate care facilities, and she worked as a research assistant in the Mood and Anxiety Lab. In the Mood and Anxiety Lab, she helped conduct a study on the intergenerational transmission of risk for depression. During law school, Crys clerked for the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL), Center for Children and Youth Justice, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. At NCYL, Crys worked on the FosterEd team and wrote policy papers on the educational rights of Native youth in foster care in New Mexico and California. Crys has also worked as the policy coordinator for California Youth Connection. As the policy coordinator, she facilitated youth engagement in foster care policy and legislative reform in California. Crys also participates in local and national advocacy groups to ensure that child welfare laws and policies are developed with input from youth who have experienced the child welfare system first-hand.