Andrea BarnesPolicy Analyst, Youth
Ms. Barnes is a policy analyst with the Youth Policy team at CLASP. Her work involves supporting the Communities Collaborating to Reconnect Youth (CCRY) Network, as well as providing analysis of policies impacting low-income youth and youth of color. Prior to joining CLASP, Ms. Barnes interned with the Center for the Study of Social Policy, where she developed policy recommendations on a range of issues affecting low-income families including TANF, SNAP, juvenile justice reform, Medicaid, and mental health. Previously, she was a policy and research associate for the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, where she advocated for policies that increased access to appropriate, integrated and culturally competent services and supports for children with mental health challenges and their families. Ms. Barnes has also worked in direct practice, providing case management to youth who were committed in the District of Columbia’s juvenile justice system and placed in community settings. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Howard University, where she was a William H. Cosby and Camille O. Hanks Cosby Fellow. She earned a Bachelor of Science with honors from Brown University.