Cheri HoffmanDirector, Division of Children and Youth Policy
Cheri Hoffman is the Director of the Children and Youth Policy (CYP) Division. The CYP Division develops and reviews policy initiatives focused on the well-being of children and youth, including those in early childhood settings, the child welfare system, and youth programs. Cheri serves as the Chair for the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, a collaboration of over 20 federal agencies working to improve youth outcomes, which operates www.youth.gov as a one-stop shop for information about young people ages 10-24. Recent examples of CYP research projects supporting policy development include exploring a core components approach to understanding what works in youth prevention programs, understanding the costs of child care, supporting systems-level trauma-informed initiatives, and examining the relationship between substance use, the opioid crisis, and child welfare. Cheri earned a Ph.D. in Community Research and Action from Vanderbilt University in 2009 and was a 2010 Congressional Fellow of the American Psychological Association.