STAFF

Bruce Saltzer (bio)
Executive Director
Alex Wilensky (bio)
Child Welfare Policy Director
Jodi Kurata (bio)
Mental Health Policy Director
Katie Walt (bio)
Child Welfare Policy Assistant
Blake Dewveall (bio)
Mental Health Policy Assistant
Abby Hays (bio)
Office Manager

Bruce Saltzer
Bruce has spent more than 35 years working as an advocate for persons with disabilities and other human service needs. For the past fourteen years, Bruce has served as the Executive Director of the Association of Community Human Service Agencies. Prior to the formation of ACHSA, Bruce was the first full-time Executive Director of the Association of Community Mental Health Agencies. Bruce also worked for many years as the Executive Director of Area Board 10 on Developmental Disabilities, a state agency responsible for monitoring the delivery of services to persons with developmental disabilities in Los Angeles County. Bruce began his career as an attorney with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, which included time spent as an advocate representing parents of children with special needs. Bruce received his law degree from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. degree from the Claremont Graduate School.

Jodi Kurata
For the past eight years, Jodi has served as the Child Welfare Policy Director. Jodi came to ACHSA from Mental Health Advocacy Services, where she was a Staff Attorney supervising an advocacy program to address grievances of minors in Los Angeles County’s juvenile detention facilities. In that role she represented children with mental and developmental disabilities and participated in special education IEP meetings, mediations, and administrative hearings. Prior to Mental Health Advocacy Services, Jodi worked for the Senior Law Project at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach in San Francisco, and for the Children’s Rights Project at Public Counsel Law Center in Los Angeles, managing legal clinics for at-risk students at high schools and community centers. Jodi obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the Hastings College of Law at the University of California. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, in Political Science, from the University of California, Berkeley.

Alex Wilensky
For the past three years, Alex has served as ACHSA’s Child Welfare Policy Analyst. Alex is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Inequality. While at USC, where she earned a Trustee Scholarship, Alex was a Program Services Intern at the Downtown Women’s Center, coordinating events and workshops for homeless individuals. After graduating from USC, Alex worked as a Preventative Services Case Planner for Catholic Guardian Services in the Bronx, New York, where she provided in-home case management to at-risk families.

Blake Dewveall
Blake serves as ACHSA’s Mental Health Policy Assistant. Blake is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Health Policy. While at USC, Blake served as the Co-President of the USC Health Sciences Education Program, where he coordinated events centered on mental health and reducing stigma for college students. Blake also was the top student in a class on mental health law taught by the Executive Director of Mental Health Advocacy Services.

Katie Walt
Katie Walt serves as ACHSA’s Child Welfare Policy Assistant. Katie is a recent graduate of Occidental College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. Katie was previously a Legal Assistant in the Benefits Program at the Alliance for Children’s Rights, where she managed a caseload of approximately 150 foster families to ensure they received proper funding/benefits.

Abby Hays
Abby serves as ACHSA’s Executive Assistant. Abby is a graduate of Virginia Tech University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Abby was previously the Office Manager and Administrative Assistant at Four Seasons Trading in District Heights, Maryland. While at Virginia Tech, Abby was heavily involved in sustainability activities, and she facilitated and coordinated events for the school’s Environmental Coalition.