Director, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
As director of the Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez leads national, state and local efforts to improve policies and practices to help ensure all young people have the opportunity to successfully transition from foster care to adulthood. She is known for addressing deep-rooted system challenges and understands the importance of working with diverse stakeholders across the communities being served.
An alumna of Casey’s Children and Family Fellowship program, Gasca-Gonzalez officially joined the organization in 2015 after serving as executive vice president of practice and leadership integration for KVC Health Systems, where she led nationally recognized initiatives to transform child welfare systems with clinical best practices, change management skills and results-based measurement. Before this, she was on assignment from KVC to one of the most embattled public child welfare systems in the U.S. – the Washington, D.C., Child and Family Services Agency – where she implemented best practices and championed a culture shift, achieving dramatic outcomes for the children and families served by the agency. Gasca-Gonzalez has also served as president of KVC Nebraska and worked for Youthville, where she led the implementation of privatization for the South Central area of Kansas.
Gasca-Gonzalez is a graduate of the National Hispanic Leadership Institute, a recipient of an Executive Leadership Certificate from Harvard University and has been recognized by business journals in two states as a “40 Under 40” leader. She earned a master’s degree in psychology from Emporia State University and a bachelor’s from Southwestern College.