A New Child Welfare System: A Conversation with Public Knowledge

Sep 28, 2021, 06:57 PM

In this episode, Angela talks with Stacey Obrecht, President of Public Knowledge, and David Kelly, Director of the Family Integrity & Justice Works at Public Knowledge. Listen to learn about their work and plans to replace the child welfare system as we know it. To learn more, subscribe on the Public Knowledge website.  Learn more about Stacey and David below. 

Stacey Obrecht JD, CWLS, PMP
Cheyenne, WY

Since 2021, Stacey has been the President of Public Knowledge®.  Stacey is responsible for providing overall direction and leadership for Public Knowledge®, with 20 years of experience working within governmental agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. She also has extensive experience in training development and implementation; leadership assessments and coaching; organizational change management; and organizational development. Stacey received her juris doctorate from the University of Wyoming and is a certified child welfare law specialist (CWLS) and Project Management Institute (PMI) project management professional (PMP).

David Kelly
Director of the Family Integrity & Justice Works
Hyattsville, MD

Since 2021, David has been the Director of the Family Integrity & Justice Works at Public Knowledge®.  David has 21 years of experience working with nonprofit and public sectors, including roles at the U.S. Children’s Bureau leading the bureau’s work with the legal and judicial community nationally and serving on leadership teams across administrations to promote justice, inclusion and voice for children youth and families, empower communities and prevent the need for unnecessary family separation.

David has had prior roles serving as Director of Legal and Clinical Services for Covenant House NJ, Senior Assistant Child Advocate with the State of New Jersey Office of the Child Advocate and Assistant Staff Director and Staff Attorney at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. David received his J.D. from the University at Buffalo Law School and M.A. in political science.