Los Angeles, Ca, September 29, 2017

Jenny Dang Vinopal is the new director of the National Foster Youth Institute.
Jenny Dang Vinopal is the new director of the National Foster Youth Institute.


On behalf of the Board of Directors of the National Foster Youth Institute (NFYI) I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Jenny Dang Vinopal as Executive Director of NFYI.

Jenny has the experience, expertise, and passion that is a perfect fit for the crucially important and rapidly expanding work of NFYI. She is a former Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she led the development of two nationally recognized programs, Guardian Scholars and California Pathways, and served as Director of Statewide Programs for the California Youth Connection. Jenny has substantial experience in movement building along with a deep knowledge of youth leadership development. She has dedicated her career to increasing youth participation within the child welfare system on both the state and federal level.  She will be a wonderful leader for NFYI.

Jenny will lead a dedicated team at NFYI whose work with former and current foster youth across the country will continue to transform the foster care system nationwide.

Please join us in welcoming Jenny to NFYI.


Conway Collis
Board Chair
National Foster Youth Institute

About NFYI:  The National Foster Youth Institute envisions a nation where all children are raised in safe and loving families and where the child welfare system serves as a beacon of hope for families in need. To achieve our vision, we aim to transform the child welfare system and vastly improve outcomes for foster youth by empowering the youth and their families, building a grassroots movement across the country, and partnering with committed policymakers. Truly transformative foster care reform will not come to fruition until the individuals who have personally experienced the child welfare system have a strong voice in the policymaking process. NFYI is dedicated to ensuring their place at the table.
For information about NFYI, go to www.nfyi.org.