Cara Baldari Senior Policy Director, Legal Counsel, Poverty & Family Economics, Housing and Homelessness

Cara Baldari is the Senior Policy Director for Family Economics and Legal Counsel at First Focus Campaign for Children, a national bipartisan children’s advocacy center dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions. In this role, she aims to increase federal investment in economic supports that can make a dramatic difference in low-income family budgets and lift children and families out of poverty.

In her time at First Focus Campaign for Children, she has worked a number of issues affecting children living in poverty, including child and family homelessness, child welfare policy, childhood asthma, child nutrition, and children’s health policy. Her role also included assisting in the project management of the State Policy Advocacy & Reform Center (SPARC), a national resource center aimed at improving outcomes for children and families involved with the child welfare system, and the Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition (CALC), a national, multi-sector effort to improve policymaking around childhood asthma.

In addition, she co-authored America’s Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S., which was co-released with Save the Children and provides a holistic picture of unmet needs in five areas of a child’s life: economic security, early childhood education, K-12 education, permanence and stability, and health and safety.

Before coming to First Focus, her previous experiences focused on the areas of affordable housing and homelessness, which included her work advising and representing low-income clients in landlord tenant disputes in Pittsburgh, PA. Through this work, she witnessed firsthand the policy changes that are needed to prevent homelessness and better assist low-income families.

 

Cara received a BA in History and Political Science with a minor in Legal Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Resources by Cara Baldari


The Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act is the Wrong Direction to Reduce Child Poverty

| August 11, 2017 |

The Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act, introduced in June by House Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Mark Meadows, Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan,


Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2017

| July 25, 2017 |

Child poverty in the U.S. remains high, with nearly 1 in 5 children living below the poverty line in 2015. Children continue to disproportionately experience


Policy Recommendations for Children and Families Facing Eviction

| July 18, 2017 |

Each year, millions of American families are evicted from their homes. Families with children are evicted at much higher rates, and children who experience


Letter of Support for School Food Modernization Act

| June 21, 2017 |

On June 21, the First Focus Campaign for Children–along with several other organizations–submitted this letter to Senators Susan Collins and Heidi Heitkamp, and Representatives


Letter of Support for Raise the Wage Act

| June 8, 2017 |

The First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter of support today to the lead Congressional sponsors of the Raise the Wage Act (S.1242 /


First Focus Campaign for Children Sends Letter Supporting Anti-Lunch Shaming Act

| May 15, 2017 |

On May 15, 2017, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to the lead Congressional sponsors of S. 1064/H.R. 2401, the Anti-Lunch Shaming


Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act of 2017 Statement–California Assembly

| April 25, 2017 |

  The First Focus Campaign for Children submitted this statement for the California State Assembly Human Services Committee hearing on “Measure AB 1520, Lifting Children


Equal Opportunity for Residential Representation Act of 2017 (H.R. 1146)

| March 30, 2017 |

Each year millions of families in the U.S. are evicted from their homes and families with children are more likely to be evicted than


Letter to Congress on Equal Opportunity for Residential Representation Act of 2017 (H.R. 1146)

| March 30, 2017 |

On March 28, 2017, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives thanking Representative Keith Ellison on his


California Lawmakers and Advocates are Prioritizing Child Poverty

| March 28, 2017 |

The child poverty rate in the U.S. remains extremely high: nearly 1 in 5 children in the U.S. are living below the poverty line and