Terrylynn is the Senior Director, Government Affairs and Policy for Voices for America’s Children in Washington, DC and provides strategic guidance for federal advocacy efforts in the area of early care and education.
She facilitates the Voices School Readiness Advisory Committee; educates and organizes the Voices membership about the impact of federal proposals on children in the states; and partners with members and national advocates to influence policy and practices.
Terrylynn also represent Voices legislative agenda to federally elected officials and the Administration. Prior to joining Voices, Terrylynn served as the Director of Education Policy for Advocates for Children and Youth in Maryland.
In this role she executed a strategic agenda to increase quality leadership in struggling schools, to close minority and income achievement gaps and to increase educational opportunities for disadvantaged children. She partnered with elected officials, agencies heads, and community based coalitions to promote legislative efforts that are founded on evidence-based research and practice.
Terrylynn has been committed to education reform and serving the community throughout her career. She serves on the board of Medical and Research Advisory Committee of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
She serves on various national, state and local taskforces and workgroups on child care and education issues. She recently was a captain in the Obama for America campaign in Baltimore. Terrylynn earned the degrees of Doctor of Education from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Education and Counseling from McGill University.
She has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from University of East London. She has been a board member of Tomorrow’s Voices since December 2009.