Ami Gadhia: Advancing our Mission as our New Chief of Policy, Programs and Research

March 01, 2019

Ami GadhiaWe are pleased to introduce our new Chief of Policy, Programs and Research, Ami Gadhia.  

Ami comes to Child Care Aware® of America from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) where she was the Director of Federal Advocacy and Regulatory Affairs. During her five years at AAP, she worked on critical Federal policy related to numerous child and family-centered issues including early childhood, child abuse and neglect, toxic stress, environmental health, injury, violence and poison prevention, Native American child health, foster, adoption and kinship care.

Before joining AAP, Ami spent seven years in the Washington Office of the Consumers Union (CU), the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports. At CU, she worked on Federal legislation and regulation related to areas such as product and food safety, among other issues. Skilled in public speaking and communication, Ami has testified before Congress and federal agencies numerous times and has appeared in the national print and TV press on various policy issues. A former practicing attorney, she is a member of the Connecticut and New York State Bars. Ami received her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Cornell University.

As Chief of Policy, Programs and Research, Ami will advance our mission by providing strategic leadership for a policy, research, and programs agenda that influences positive change in national and state level public opinion, engagement, policy and regulation, and national training and technical assistance delivery that helps shape the future of child care in America.

Want to meet Ami in person? She will be joining a panel on advocacy during our Child Care Works Summit, April 3-4 in Washington, DC. She will be joined by Catherine White from the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), Liz DeLauro from ZERO TO THREE (ZTT), Lauren Hogan from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and moderator Jenny Abamu, education reporter for WAMU. Please join the session and introduce yourself during the reception that evening. Learn more and register for the Summit.

Topics: Policy & Advocacy

Sara Diamond

Written by Sara Diamond

As a Partner Success Director, Sara embraces opportunities to engage with perspective members, strengthen client relationships and find solutions to effectively support their needs. A former toddler teacher and center director, Sara brings years of experience in early care and education along with her knowledge of quality interactions and system building from her work as a CLASS Trainer and former NAEYC Accreditation staff member. She holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. Recently, Sara relocated to Knoxville TN and enjoys walking her dog, hiking and camping in the great outdoors.