Youth Policy Director
Shannan Wilber joined the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) in 2013 to direct the Youth Project, bringing over 25 years of experience advocating for vulnerable children and youth. Early in her career, Shannan helped launch Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, an agency in San Jose, California that now serves hundreds of children a year in state court proceedings. She joined the Youth Law Center in 1992, where she engaged in policy advocacy and impact litigation to reform child welfare and juvenile justice systems. From 2001-2012, Shannan served as the Executive Director of Legal Services for Children (LSC), a nonprofit law office in San Francisco representing children in foster care, guardianship, education and immigration proceedings. While at LSC, she worked with NCLR and others to create professional standards governing the care of LGBT youth in state custody, and to launch the Equity Project, dedicated to ensuring equal and respectful treatment of LGBTQ youth in the juvenile justice system. She is the primary author of CWLA’s “Best Practice Guidelines: Serving LGBT Youth in Out-of-Home Care,” “Guidelines for Managing Information Related to the Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity and Expression of Children in Child Welfare Systems, “ and “A Guide to Juvenile Detention Reform: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice System.” She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the W. Haywood Burns Institute.