Virtual Expo Session Moderators
Maggie Bishop, Capacity Building Center for States
Maggie Bishop is the Executive Director of the Capacity Building Cent for States (Center), which works to support state child welfare agencies in effectively initiating and sustaining change and innovation to achieve improved system, organizational, and program performance. Ms. Bishop provides visionary and strategic direction for the Center, where she oversees the design, delivery, and evaluation of capacity building activities. Prior to her work with the Center, Ms. Bishop served as the Director of the Division for Children, Youth and Families in New Hampshire for over 8 years. She has more than 40 years of experience working in public child welfare, including 22 years in management and leadership roles. She also worked as a consultant for Child and Family Services Reviews for over 10 years. Ms. Bishop is dedicated to engaging and developing staff, and bringing innovative solutions to meet organizational needs. She has a demonstrated commitment to improving safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children, youth, and families who receive services through the child welfare systems.
James Coloma, Capacity Building Center for States
James Coloma serves as a Tailored Services Liaison for the Center for States. He is a skilled leader in change management and implementation science, having helped jurisdictions implement innovations and practices geared toward improving outcomes for children, youth, and families within the child welfare system. Mr. Coloma also specializes in research and training evaluation, and has developed evaluation methodologies for a number of training programs throughout the United States. Mr. Coloma has participated in California’s statewide training and technical assistance (T/TA) team for the California Partners for Permanency (CAPP) project. For more than 11 years, he was part of California’s Child Welfare Regional Training System in the southern region, serving as manager of the training evaluation division with the Academy for Professional Excellence at San Diego State University School of Social Work.
Vanessa Amburgey, Capacity Building Center for States
Over the last 15 years, Vanessa Amburguey has built her career around using data to make decisions, first as a researcher in Social Psychology, while working on a Masters in Psychology from the University of Utah, then later as a data analyst for the Utah Division of Child and Family Services. She currently works as the Data Lead for the Capacity Building Center for States. In the past, Ms. Amburguey has worked on projects related to project evaluation, outcome-based contracting, trend reporting, and helping to measure changes in caseloads after applying Agile principles to child welfare casework. Her work focuses on the life cycle of data, including information system-user interaction, storage and data management, and structuring data for useful analysis. Ms. Amburguey has participated in national work that helped develop state snapshots using NYTD data, and a state level team that developed reports on intergenerational poverty in Utah. She has also served on teams that adapted assessments for use in new areas of child welfare services.