Amnoni Myers is a dynamic public speaker and child welfare advocate. A native of Boston, MA, Amnoni now works with the U.S. Children's Bureau as a child welfare policy consultant. She graduated from Gordon College with a double major in Social Work and Sociology, and completed a Social Work and Peace and Conflict Studies Practicum in San Francisco. She has also traveled to South Africa to study Race, Class and Gender. Amnoni became a ward of the state at birth, and through her experiences in foster care she became committed to helping others break the cycle of poverty.
As a 2014 Foster Youth Internship Program™ participant with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), Amnoni interned in the office of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley where she worked on child welfare initiatives for the Senator and his staff in support of his role on the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. Through this same program, Amnoni also wrote and published a policy report entitled Renewing the System's Commitment to Child Well Being: Fostering Resilience through Trauma Informed Training,which she presented to both the White House Domestic Policy Council and Members of Congress. Amnoni was also the keynote speaker at the 2014 CCAI Angels in Adoption™ Gala in Washington,D.C. where she shared her story of resilience and triumph to Members of Congress, Administration leaders,and child welfare advocates from across the nation.
In 2015, Amnoni served as a White House intern for the Domestic Policy Council's Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity, where she introduced First Lady Michelle Obama at the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day ceremony. Amnoni was also a key member of the team that collaborated on the Administration's efforts to include foster children and disconnected youth in the event for the first time in its history. In May of 2015 she was invited to once again present her 2014 policy recommendations at a congressional briefing hosted by the U.S. Senate Caucus on Foster Youth. She also delivered opening remarks at the 2015 Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit, an annual national gatheringof child welfare advocates and churches, that same month.
Amnoni will receive the 2016 Re-envisioning Foster Care Champion Award from the Treehouse Foundation, in recognition of the contributions she has made to child welfare nationwide. Amnoni is a compassionate and driven individual dedicated to reshaping policies affecting vulnerable populations.