Chloe Edwards is Voices’ outreach coordinator, responsible for connecting local and regional partners and Voices’ policy team. With the Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia, Chloe works with Trauma-Informed Community Networks and coalitions across the state of Virginia. Her goal is to jumpstart strategic conversations and mobilize advocates in implementation of trauma-informed policy and practice at the state level through Voices’ unified policy agenda. Her work is informed by her personal connection to foster care (she entered kinship foster care at age 14) and by her previous job as director of Connecting Hearts, a nonprofit that strives to find permanent, loving homes for every child living in foster care.
Chloe completed the Minority Research and Law Institute Program at Southern University Law Center and graduated from Hollins University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Edwards will graduate with her Masters of Public Policy with a Leadership Concentration in August 2020. Radio One recognized her as one of the top “30 Under 30” trailblazers initiating change in Richmond in 2017, and Connecting Hearts awarded her its Outstanding Service Award in 2018. In her free time, Chloe writes poetry, volunteers as a court appointed special advocate (CASA), spokesperson on the Adopt US Kids Speakers Bureau, and board member of the Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Coalition, a nonprofit that promotes youth health and wellness.
Contact: chloe_at_vakids_dot_org, 804-649-0184 ext. 106
Emily Griffey, Policy Director
Emily Griffey is Voices’ policy director, leading Voices’ policy team and tackling cross-cutting issues, such as economic opportunity and trauma-informed policy. With the Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia Emily helps connect Voices’ policy expertise to opportunities to advocate for trauma-informed policies. In this role she helps connect partners working on trauma-informed practice and policy change to form a state-level unified agenda on trauma-informed policy. Emily serves on the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet Trauma-Informed Care Workgroup, the Three Branch Initiative focused on implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act, and on partner advocacy coalitions.
Emily comes to Voices with experience in working on early childhood issues at a local and regional level for Greater Richmond’s Smart Beginnings, Richmond City Social Services, and Baltimore’s Safe and Sound Campaign. Emily is a graduate of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond and earned her master’s degree in public policy at Johns Hopkins University.
Contact: emily_at_vakids_dot_org, 804-649-0184 ext. 101
Mary Beth Salomone Testa is Voices’ consultant in Northern Virginia. Mary Beth became a part of the Voices team in 2014 to connect the organization’s work with agencies, programs and advocates in the Northern Virginia localities.
As part of the Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia, Mary Beth advocates for smart policies and investments for child and family well-being; to ensure policy makers are considering the whole child and family; and encouraging advocates to tell the stories behind the data. Mary Beth works with Trauma-Informed Community Networks in the Northern region, as well as advisory councils, work groups, and coalitions of providers and families. Mary Beth brings nearly 20 years of experience in advocacy and policy development, with expertise in connecting policy and practice. Mary Beth graduated from American University in Washington, DC and lives in Fairfax County.
Contact: Marybeth@mbstsolutions.com, (202) 465-6278
Voices’ staff contributes policy and data expertise to the campaign. Visit our staff page for more information.