Volunteer Staff

Nate Golden

President and Lead Policy Analyst

Nate (he/him) is the President and Founder of the Maryland Child Alliance as well as a math teacher in Baltimore City Schools. While Nate has spent the past 5 years working full-time in the classroom, he has also been heavily involved in policy and advocacy. Most recently Nate worked as a policy analyst at the UBI Center where he focused his research on anti-poverty policies.


Emily Yu

Campaign Manager

Emily (she/her) is a high school English teacher in Baltimore City. She is passionate about education, equity, and social justice, and cares most deeply about equipping young people with the tools to advocate for change.

Julia Ellis

Outreach Chair

Julia (she/her) is an education consultant and former elementary school teacher in Baltimore City. She is an alumna of the Urban Leaders Fellowship and is passionate about early childhood literacy and community schools. Through her role in the Maryland Child Alliance, Julia seeks to fight for the people, policies, and programs that support Baltimore's children. 


Chelsea Zou

Lead Canvasser

Chelsea (she/her) is a third grade teacher in Baltimore city. She is committed to supporting Baltimore's families and communities and ensuring that students have every opportunity to thrive and grow in this city. 

Nick Lal

Policy and Field Advisor

Nick (he/him) assists with policy analysis during the Maryland General Assembly's legislative session and logistics support for signature collection for the Baltimore Baby Bonus Fund Charter Amendment. Previously he served as deputy data director for Stacey Abrams for Governor, analytics manager for the voting rights group Fair Fight Action, field organizer for Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign, and a precalculus teacher for Charlotte Mecklenburg schools.

Board Members

Shanta Trivedi

Shanta Trivedi is an Assistant Professor of Law and the Faculty Director of the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts at the University of Baltimore School of Law where she teaches family law and child welfare courses. Before joining academia, Trivedi represented low-income parents embroiled in the child welfare system. As a result of this experience, Trivedi focuses her work on preventing family separation through legal measures that address poverty and structural racism.

Reginald (Reggie) Benbow

Reggie has dedicated his life to transforming systems and fighting for equity. Reggie began his career as a 6th and 7th grade science and social studies teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools through Teach For America. He led his students to great results by implementing data driven instruction. Subsequently, he has helped reduce healthcare costs and expand access by managing high impact projects as a business consultant for leading health plans and providers. A Baltimore native and former candidate for public office, Reggie is committed to uplifting Baltimore communities.