Sean Hughes

Managing Partner - Government Relations

Sean Hughes has more than 18 years of experience working on a broad range of public policy issues with a particular focus on children. As a Congressional staffer, helped author and pass the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, which established the federal extended foster care and subsidized guardianship programs. Following his decade on Capitol Hill, Sean served as Director of Congressional Affairs for the Child Welfare League of America.

Sean possesses significant expertise in county, state and federal legislative, budgeting, and regulatory processes as well as the Congressional appropriations process.  He has extensive experience developing and executing policy and funding agendas and campaigns, both within government and as an advocate. He currently works with public agencies, advocacy organizations, direct services providers, philanthropic foundations, and youth development organizations in multiple states around the country to improve their programming and increase their effectiveness and enhance their leadership on policy issues.  

He lives in Napa, California with his wife, daughter, and English bulldog.


Reed Connell

Managing Partner - Policy and Advocacy

Through nearly 20 years working in foster care, mental health, housing, and special education settings, Reed Connell has developed a sophisticated knowledge of childrenʼs policy development at all levels of government. For the past several years, Reed has worked with statewide and national coalitions to design, pass, and implement a range of important children's legislation, and has worked with a range of nonprofit organizations and government agencies on resource, program, and capacity development. From 2009 to 2013, Reed served as the Executive Director of the Alameda County Foster Youth Alliance, an effective and highly visible local advocacy agency. He has worked with advocates, providers, and coalitions around the state on issues related to local control and flexible financing in child welfare, the impacts of Realignment and Health Care Reform on child and adolescent mental health systems, and the development of accountability infrastructure.

Reed holds an MSW degree from UC Berkeley with a concentration in Management and Planning. He has particularly well-developed skills in writing, research and analysis, strategy development, organizing, and coalition building.