Executive Director Janet Snyder leads the Federation's policy and advocacy efforts on behalf of member agencies and the populations they serve. She works closely with all branches of state government—Executive, Judicial and Legislative. She organizes legislative testimony on issues of importance to member agencies and the children and families they serve. She serves on a wide variety of statewide advisory groups, task forces and work groups. She is connected nationally with the major human services advocacy organizations and consults regularly with her counterparts in other states through the National Organization of State Associations for Children (NOSAC).
Janet earned her MBA from Spring Arbor University and her Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Michigan. Additionally, she earned in 2007 a Mediation Certification from the Michigan State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) and completed Domestic Violence Protocol Screening Training for Mediators through SCAO. When she took the Federation helm in January 2008, she brought to the Federation extensive advocacy skills and knowledge of both the public child welfare system and private, nonprofit human services sector. For the past 14 years, she served as executive director of Hear My Voice, a nonprofit child advocacy organization based in Ann Arbor, whose mission focused on safe, permanent families for children in foster care, kinship placements and contested adoptions.
Send e-mail to Janet@michfed.org