Lexie Pèrez-Grüber (Former Staff) Director, Policy and Research

Lexie Pèrez-Grüber serves as the Director of Policy and Research. In this capacity, she works on policy issues related to early childhood and child welfare.

Lexie has made significant strides to improve the foster care system for those that are currently in it. In the summer of 2013, she was selected from a highly competitive applicant pool for the Congressional Foster Youth Internship and was placed with Congressman Jim McDermott, co-chair of the Congressional Foster Care Caucus. During her time in Washington, she was promoted to Press Assistant to Congressman Jim McDermott, and interned with First Focus.

Since returning to DC in May 2015, Lexie has testified before the United States Senate Finance Committee and facilitated a roundtable of state child welfare leaders at the White House.

In addition to her policy work at the state and federal levels, Lexie has many opinion editorials that have appeared on the Department of Education’s website, in The Chronicle for Social Change, and in the Huffington Post. She has been awarded the “2014 First For Kids Award” by Connecticut Voices for Children and the “Sharmain Jenkins Fostering Success Award” by One Simple Wish; chosen as one of FosterClub's “Outstanding Young Leaders of 2015”; recognized as one of the nation’s leading visionaries by Hearts on Fire and as an emerging young leader by the Opportunity Nation campaign.  She has been profiled by CNN and the Hartford Courant, and is the subject of an upcoming documentary entitled “Lost in America.”

Lexie recently graduated magna cum laude Quinnipiac University with a degree in Political Science and was inducted into the prestigious National Political Science Honors Society. Her studies focused on American politics and the intersection of race, class, and gender.  Prior to graduation, she was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award, which recognizes a senior in political science with the highest academic achievement.

Resources by Lexie Pèrez-Grüber

HHS Announces Expansion Of Head Start For Kids In Flint

| March 4, 2016 |

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced an immediate expansion of Head Start and Early Head Start services for

It’s time to make childcare affordable again

| March 2, 2016 |

Let’s play a game. I’ll give you three job titles, and you tell me which job pays the same as a childcare worker: A)

Urge Your Member of Congress to Cosponsor the Child C.A.R.E. Act

| February 26, 2016 |

Securing safe and affordable childcare remains a significant challenge for millions of working parents and their children. With child care costs rivaling the annual

Your Teen Is Probably Using Kik – Here’s Why You Should Care

| February 22, 2016 |

Teenagers are increasingly using smartphone-messaging apps to connect with friends, moving away from regular texting that is often limited and monitored by their parents.

President Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles

| February 3, 2016 |

President Barack Obama set a strong example for states last week when he banned federal prisons from placing juvenile offenders in solitary confinement. In

President Obama announces new steps to ensure equal pay

| February 1, 2016 |

The White House recently celebrated the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first major piece of legislation signed into law

Urge Congress to ensure low-income kids have healthy snacks

| January 13, 2016 |

We believe that no child in our nation should go hungry, and every child should have access to healthy and nutritious food. That’s why

E-Cigarette Advertising to Children Results in Alarming Rates of Youth Smoking

| January 8, 2016 |

More than 70 percent of American youth were exposed to e-cigarette ads in 2014, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for

A New Report Confirms the Dangers of Child Tobacco Labor

| December 14, 2015 |

Last week the Child Labor Coalition, Human Rights Watch, and the First Focus Campaign for Children held a congressional briefing in cooperation with Representative

Podcast: How non-profit organizations can better communicate their messages to the media

| December 8, 2015 |

Former First Focus communications staff Ed Walz discusses making children the priority in news coverage of health and other issues that impact their everyday lives.