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Becky Weichhand, Executive Director

Becky came to CCAI in 2009 from the beautiful Great Lakes State of Michigan to serve as CCAI's Director of Policy. For five years in that role, Becky worked to educate Members of Congress and their staff on domestic and international adoption and child welfare policy. As Director of Policy, Becky led CCAI's Congressional Resource Program to daily serve congressional offices with relevant information in the field. In her work with CCAI's 20/20 Vision Program she coordinated congressional delegations to Los Angeles, Columbus, the United Kingdom, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Cambodia, Vietnam, South Korea, and Haiti. Becky also managed The Way Forward Project, which focused policymakers and funders on the need for family care of children in six African nations. After serving as Interim Executive Director beginning in June 2014, Becky was named CCAI's Executive Director in December 2014. Becky has a J.D. from Regent Law and is a licensed attorney in Virginia.

Kate McLean, Director of Programs 

Kate came to CCAI as a programs intern during her senior year in college and developed a strong passion for children in need of families and improving the child welfare system through advocacy programming during her internship experience. After graduating, Kate attained a spot on the CCAI team in 2018 and now works closely with the Executive Director in outreach, policy and programming. She supports the implementation of CCAI's core programs and annual projects, including the Foster Youth Internship Program®, Angels in Adoption®, and National Adoption Day. Kate received a B.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict Resolution from The George Washington University.

Erika Brigantti, Policy and Programs Associate

Erika began working as CCAI's Policy and Programs Associate in 2018 after graduating from Duke University with B.A. in Public Policy and Global Health. Prior to CCAI, Erika interned at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) working on economic justice policy in Washington, D.C. Her passion for child and family policy has led her to pursue a career working in child welfare. In her role as Associate at CCAI, she supports the Directors of Policy and Programs on the Congressional Resource Program, 20/20 Vision, Angels in Adoption® Program, Foster Youth Internship Program® and National Adoption Day.

Carly Wortham, Operations Manager

Carly is originally from Anderson, South Carolina, and first came to Washington D.C. for a congressional internship during college. After graduating with a B.A. in Humanities from Bob Jones University, she returned to D.C. and became a scheduler on Capitol Hill working for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Carly transitioned to CCAI as Operations Manager in 2018, where she puts her passion for administration and operations to work to provide support to our extraordinary staff, leadership, interns and volunteers. She is excited to support CCAI’s vision for children and families and particularly enjoys working with the Foster Youth Interns.