Hoang Murphy is the Founder/Executive Director of Foster Advocates, a social venture that aims to improve the child welfare system in Minnesota by providing advocacy, policy, and organizing with former foster care recipients and impacted communities.
A former high school English teacher and debate coach in Baltimore, he has seen the importance of amplifying student and family voices. Hoang also has had the honor of serving as the 2016-2017 Public Policy Fellow with the United States Department of Education in the last year of the Obama Administration.
As a former foster care recipient he knows that children and families must, and absolutely can, have a seat at the policymaking table. At Foster Advocates, he works to ensure that those most impacted by current inequities have a voice in making decisions and crafting solutions. Hoang is a native of Greater Minnesota and is a proud first-generation college graduate, with a B.A. from Syracuse University, where he majored in Policy Studies, and a M.S., Ed. from the Johns Hopkins University. In his spare time, he likes to brag about the Eastside of St. Paul, cook, and lament about the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Cassaundra Adler is the Advocacy Director of Foster Advocates. A former financial advisor, she brings two decades of experience as a financial education advocate and champion for individuals without bank accounts, also known as the unbanked.
A transplant from Chicago she has called Minneapolis home for two decades although she will always be a Chicagoan at heart (we won't hold this against her). Adler is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs where she previously was a Humphrey Public Policy Fellow, and Roy Wilkins Community Fellow.
As a former ward of the state in Chicago and as someone who worked with youth in group homes, Cassaundra brings a wealth of experience to her post as Advocacy Director as a disruptive and outside the box thinker. Before graduate school she was an avid cyclist, does photography, travels, loves musicals and spending silly time with friends and their children.