Lily has lived experience as a foster parent and foster child. Lily founded With Lived Experience, an organization that helps people change systems that have impacted them. In their career, Lily has worked in direct service non-profits, advocacy organizations, and in legislative offices. Their work has led to state and federal policy changes in the areas of foster and kinship care.
Most recently, through membership on the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Youth at Risk, Lily assisted in drafting ABA Resolution 115. It calls for legal system reform efforts in child welfare, juvenile justice, and immigration law to be led by, or conducted in partnership with, individuals who have experienced those legal systems as children or youth.
In 2021, the team at With Lived Experience edited the ABA’s September issue of Human Rights Magazine, which included a piece authored by Lily, called “We Deserve Platinum.”
Lily obtained a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law. They previously served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the National Center for Youth Law and the Youth Law Center.