About Us

Our Staff
  • Betsy Brand

    Executive Director
    bbrand@aypf.org

    Betsy Brand has served as the Executive Director of AYPF since 2004, and she served as Co-Director of the organization since 1998. Betsy has spent her career working on education, workforce, and youth policy and specializes in comprehensive approaches to helping young people be prepared for today’s careers, lifelong learning, and civic engagement.

    Betsy Brand has served as the Executive Director of AYPF since 2004, and she served as Co-Director of the organization since 1998. Betsy has spent her career working on education, workforce, and youth policy and specializes in comprehensive approaches to helping young people be prepared for today’s careers, lifelong learning, and civic engagement.

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  • Garet Fryar

    Policy Research Assistant
    American Youth Policy Forum
    gfryar@aypf.org

    Garet Fryar joined the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) as the Policy Research Assistant in March 2014. Her projects focus on investigating policies, practices, and research to promote success for all youth ages 14 to 26 in postsecondary education and the workforce. Garet’s most recent projects included transitional support for youth formally in foster care, competency based education, expanded learning opportunities, and pathways to postsecondary education and the workforce for disconnected youth.

    Garet Fryar joined the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) as the Policy Research Assistant in March 2014. Her projects focus on investigating policies, practices, and research to promote success for all youth ages 14 to 26 in postsecondary education and the workforce. Garet’s most recent projects included transitional support for youth formally in foster care, competency based education, expanded learning opportunities, and pathways to postsecondary education and the workforce for disconnected youth.

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  • Loretta Goodwin, Ph.D.

    Senior Director
    lgoodwin@aypf.org

    Loretta Goodwin, Senior Director, joined the American Youth Policy Forum in 2007. Her focus is on high school reform, and she oversees field trips and speaker forums on youth policy issues. Ms. Goodwin is experienced in middle and high school reform, experiential education, and international education.

    Loretta Goodwin, Senior Director, joined the American Youth Policy Forum in 2007. Her focus is on high school reform, and she oversees field trips and speaker forums on youth policy issues. Ms. Goodwin is experienced in middle and high school reform, experiential education, and international education.

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  • Jennifer Brown Lerner

    Deputy Director
    jlerner@aypf.org

    Jennifer Brown Lerner joined American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) in 2005.  Currently, Jennifer serves as a Deputy Director, managing the organization’s work on wide range of issues that ensure all students graduate ready to succeed in college and careers.  At AYPF, she co-authored a compendium on best practices in secondary-post secondary learning options entitled The College Ladder: Linking Secondary and Postsecondary Education for Success for All.

    Jennifer Brown Lerner joined American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) in 2005.  Currently, Jennifer serves as a Deputy Director, managing the organization’s work on wide range of issues that ensure all students graduate ready to succeed in college and careers.  At AYPF, she co-authored a compendium on best practices in secondary-post secondary learning options entitled The College Ladder: Linking Secondary and Postsecondary Education for Success for All.

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  • Stephanie Lurz

    Database Administrator
    slurz@aypf.org

    Stephanie joined AYPF in 2012 as the part-time Database Administrator.  She is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of all organizational data.  Stephanie worked in fundraising and development for nonprofits and political action committees in Washington, DC for ten years before returning to her hometown, Baltimore, to attend law school.  She began working on her Juris Doctor at the University of Baltimore in the fall of 2011, where she is a member of the Student Bar Association.  She plans to pursue a career in public interest law.   Stephanie has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

  • Erin Russ

    Program Associate
    eruss@aypf.org

    Erin Russ joined AYPF as a Program Associate in 2013. Her projects focus on policies and practices that enable a continuum of success for students from K-12 to postsecondary and the workforce. Her areas of expertise include school discipline, as well as supports for youth involved in systems such as juvenile justice and foster care. She has authored and co-authored several briefs and publications, including the AYPF publications “Creating Access to Opportunities for Youth in Transition from Foster Care”, and “From Discipline to Dialogue: Changing the Conversation about Classroom Discipline”.

    Erin Russ joined AYPF as a Program Associate in 2013. Her projects focus on policies and practices that enable a continuum of success for students from K-12 to postsecondary and the workforce. Her areas of expertise include school discipline, as well as supports for youth involved in systems such as juvenile justice and foster care. She has authored and co-authored several briefs and publications, including the AYPF publications “Creating Access to Opportunities for Youth in Transition from Foster Care”, and “From Discipline to Dialogue: Changing the Conversation about Classroom Discipline”.

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  • George Knowles

    Web Communications Associate
    gknowles@aypf.org

    George Knowles joined AYPF in November 2013. His role as the Web Communications Associate involves managing the AYPF blog, overseeing social media efforts, hosting webinars, and producing a broad range of written and multimedia content. George has a background in online media and journalism, and holds a MA in Interactive Journalism from American University in Washington, D.C.

  • Shannon Quarles

    Operations Coordinator
    squarles@aypf.org

    Shannon Quarles joined AYPF in June of 2014. In her role as Operations Coordinator, she is responsible for coordinating programmatic logistics along with all Capitol Hill forums, discussion groups, study tours and special events.

    Shannon Quarles joined AYPF in June of 2014. In her role as Operations Coordinator, she is responsible for coordinating programmatic logistics along with all Capitol Hill forums, discussion groups, study tours and special events.

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  • Christine Wilson

    Director of Finance and Administration
    cwilson@aypf.org

    Christine Wilson joined the American Youth Policy Forum in 2002, and is the point of contact for all accounting and human resource matters.  Christine holds an Associate’s degree in Paralegal studies, and is actively pursuing a B.A. degree in English.

    Christine Wilson joined the American Youth Policy Forum in 2002, and is the point of contact for all accounting and human resource matters.  Christine holds an Associate’s degree in Paralegal studies, and is actively pursuing a B.A. degree in English.

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I would definitely recommend an AYPF trip to colleagues.  Exposure to new ideas and a wide range of thinking is stimulating!  The trips that I have attended have offered excellent learning opportunities.

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