Michael Laracy, Annie E. Casey Foundation

TITLE: Director, Policy Reform and Advocacy

FUNDING AREAS: Child poverty, Community Development, Public Policy

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PROFILE: Michael Laracy is the director for policy reform and advocacy at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national philanthropy dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children. Laracy is also responsible for the foundation's initiatives and grant-making agenda in income security and child advocacy. His foundation bio shares: 

As director of policy reform and advocacy, Michael Laracy advances the philanthropy’s efforts to inform, guide and influence public policy at the state and federal levels. He is also responsible for the Foundation’s KIDS COUNT network and State Fiscal Analysis Initiatives and grant-making portfolios in poverty reduction and in budget and fiscal issues.   

Before joining the Foundation in August 1994, Laracy was assistant commissioner for policy, planning and program evaluation in the New Jersey Department of Human Services, where he served for 17 years. He did his undergraduate and graduate work at Rutgers University, majoring in urban planning and public policy.