Cabinet Secretary for Children, Youth & Families Department
Brian Blalock was previously the law and policy director at Tipping Point Community, a Bay Area nonprofit that works to educate, employ, house and support impoverished residents. A lecturer on youth law and policy at Stanford Law School, Blalock co-founded and co-directed a $100 million initiative targeting chronic youth homelessness in San Francisco through public sector research and development and has worked directly on state and local legislation on foster care, juvenile justice and youth homelessness. At Bay Area Legal Aid, which provides low-income people with free civil legal assistance, Blalock founded and directed the Youth Justice Project, providing direct representation for at-risk youth, and co-founded the Alameda County Collaborative Court, a specialty juvenile mental health court. Blalock was the co-founder of the YPACT Youth Leadership Program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., developing curriculum for at-risk youth focusing on harm reduction and youth development. He has been a teacher training instructor at Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House and an English and social studies teacher in the Bronx. Blalock earned a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, a master’s of theological studies from Harvard University, a master’s of South Asian studies from Columbia University and a law degree from Stanford.
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