Kandace Thomas, MPP, is a Senior Program Officer at the Irving Harris Foundation where she works to build developmentally-appropriate, trauma-informed equitable systems of care for young children and their families. In this capacity, Kandace manages a grant portfolio of organizations working in infant mental health professional development, policy and advocacy and training and leadership development, reproductive health and justice and domestic violence. Kandace manages a network of national and international grantees working in infant mental health training and leadership development. In addition to grantmaking, she provides organizational development, strategic planning, fundraising, and other capacity building assistance to grantees and colleague organizations. Kandace also has experience in policy, administrative, systems work and program development on behalf of under-resourced families and communities. Kandace is a doctoral student at Erikson Institute/Loyola University Chicago.