Nancy Kay Blackwell is a passionate child welfare professional with more than 20 years in human services for social and public policy driven organizations in Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington, D.C. Her areas of focus include child welfare, early childhood development, faith-based policy, workforce development, and family homelessness. Nancy became the Executive Director of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in April 2020. She came to the organization in the middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic to lead the next decade of CCAI on behalf of children, foster youth, adoptees and orphans. Prior to CCAI, Nancy was most a Special Assistant at the D.C. Department of Family Services in the Family Services Administration where she provided strategic support on complex, politically sensitive special projects and managed a portfolio that included program rules and domestic violence. Prior to this role, Nancy was the Executive Director of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Baltimore City for five years. She managed the day-to-day operations; raised the annual operating expenses through grant writing, individual, and corporate giving; and raised the voices of foster youth throughout the city. She was also very active with National CASA Association and chaired their Urban Programs Council to coordinate the views and needs of urban programs nationally. While at CASA, Nancy was a Johns Hopkins University SOURCE Community Fellow and a Senior Fellow for several years, engaging with the three schools of the University developing solutions for community based organizations in Baltimore steeped in student service learning. Nancy has also worked at National Association of Foster Care Children of America, D.C. Child and Family Services, Maryland Interfaith Legislative Committee, Center for Urban Families (formerly Center for Fathers, Families and Workforce Development), Baltimore City Department of Social Services, and Maryland Department of Human Services. Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language and Political Science, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Jurisprudence. She is married to Michael Allen and has two children Christian, 28, and Zoe, 13.