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, administration, systems work and program development on behalf of under-resourced families and communities. Kandace is a doctoral student at Erikson Institute/Loyola University Chicago.