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Ohio Children's Alliance Announces New Chief Advocacy Officer

Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio Children's Alliance announced today that Sarah LaTourette will serve as its first Chief Advocacy Officer. In this new position, Sarah will oversee advocacy and member services for the statewide child advocacy organization.

Previously, LaTourette served as the Ohio Family and Children First Director in Governor Mike DeWine's Administration. In this role she oversaw county Family and Children First collaborations, statewide multi-system youth initiatives, and led successful family-focused policy initiatives.

From 2015 - 2019, LaTourette also served as a State Representative for Ohio's 76th House District which includes most of Geauga and northern Portage Counties. Of her many legislative accomplishments, one of them that stands out is her leadership in creating and co-chairing the Joint Committee on Multi-System Youth.

"Sarah is an incredibly talented leader for issues facing kids, families, and our state's system of care," said Mark Mecum, CEO of the Ohio Children's Alliance. "We are confident that her strong leadership skills will enhance our ability to achieve positive outcomes and transformative results."

For her work improving the lives of Ohio's children, LaTourette has earned the Public Children Services Association of Ohio's Gayle Channing Tenenbaum Legislator of the Year Award, the Ohio Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs Legislative Champion Award, and the Ohio Children's Trust Fund's Everyday Ohio Hero Award. She is a graduate of Miami University and the proud mom of a four-year-old boy.

The Ohio Children's Alliance is a not-for-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio. They are dedicated to sustainably improving the provision of services to children, young adults, and families through advocacy, education, and innovative solutions. Learn more at



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