Magazine article Policy & Practice

Staff Spotlight

Magazine article Policy & Practice

Staff Spotlight

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Name: Kerry Desjardins

Title: Policy Associate

Time at APHSA: I excitedly joined APHSA in mid-May.

Life Before APHSA: I am originally from a rural community on the outskirts of Northern Virginia. I earned a B.A. in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Development, as well as a B.A. in Latin American Studies, both from George Mason University (GMU). After working as a homelessness prevention case manager and a public benefits worker for a few years, I decided to return to GMU to pursue a master's degree in Social Work (MSW) with a Social Change concentration. During my MSW field practicums, I gained valuable experience in program development, public education, policy analysis, and advocacy. I graduated with my MSW in May 2015.

Priorities at APHSA: My work at APHSA will be focused mainly on the development and activities of the new Center for Workforce Engagement.

What I Can Do for Our Members: I bring my boots-on-the-ground human service experience to APHSA; I have seen up close the ways in which human service systems ultimately affect many individuals, families, and communities. …

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