Track: All

Join this session to catch up on all the latest happenings in Washington, D.C., the progress made on the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ 2019-2021 federal public policy agenda, and opportunities for you to weigh in on federal policy.  

Participants will receive an update on key public policies affecting the work of nonprofit human services organizations and the impact the sector aims to achieve. Presenters will also cover new information on Family First Act implementation and ways your organization and community can prepare.  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Briefing of current public policies affecting human services community-based organizations and the larger human services ecosystem  
  • Understand the implications of public policies on your work   
  • Learn more about Family First Prevention Services Act implementation  


  • Ilana Levinson, senior director of government relations, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities   
  • Additional presenters to be invited  

Ilana Levinson 
Senior Director of Government Relations 
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities 

Ilana Levinson is the senior director of government relations for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. In this role, she represents the Alliance and its strategic action network to Congress, federal agencies, and applicable state government. She also coordinates activities and partnerships with fellow human service organizations and policy coalitions in Washington D.C. to advance aligned goals.  

Prior to joining the Alliance, Levinson served as senior director of advocacy and public policy for YouthBuild USA, a national organization focused on reconnecting low-income, out-of-school youth to education and job training. Under her leadership, the organization more than doubled federal legislative support and increased annual federal investment by $12 million, to $90 million annually. She also cofounded the Reconnecting Youth Campaign, a national advocacy campaign focused on creating one million reconnection pathways for opportunity youth each year. She served as a legislative assistant from 2006-2011 in the office of Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), focusing on furthering legislation to expand healthy food access to low-income residents, the promotion of green collar jobs, and efforts to re-engage out-of-school youth in education and employment opportunities. Levinson also spent time working in city government in New York City, organizing hiring events for victims of Superstorm Sandy in severely affected neighborhoods.  

She received her master’s of public and nonprofit administration from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University and her bachelor’s in social relations and psychology from Michigan State University.