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Emily Chittenden-Laird is Executive Director of West Virginia Child Advocacy Network. She came to the CAC movement as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) in rural West Virginia as a forensic interviewer, and was involved in local and statewide development issues. Emily provides leadership in every aspect of the movement in West Virginia—from training to developing public policy. Her recognition as one of the State Journal’s 2013 40 Under 40, and for multiple child advocacy honors, is a nod to her continued commitment toward changing the Mountain State, for its children, and for the better.

Finding Our Voice

Emily Chittenden-LairdFebruary 9, 2017
I’m a millennial. It’s a characterization I balk against for all its negative connotations, but thanks to Mom, Dad, and 1983, I am one. And for all the challenging characteristics of millennials, there’s one I find particularly true of us on the older end of the spectrum—an ingrained belief that the bright-eyed, emerging from college versions of ourselves espoused: we were supposed to do our part in healing the world.I was lucky enough to...Continue