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About Barbara Hanson Langford

Barbara Hanson Langford has served in program, policy, and executive positions and led efforts to develop and deliver an array of technical assistance and training services on financing and sustaining initiatives serving children, families and communities. Langford is a seasoned facilitator with experience designing and supporting effective planning processes focused on organizational development, strategic financing, and sustainability.   She has managed over 25 national technical assistance projects in the fields of child welfare, expanded learning opportunities, community schools, early care and education, youth development, and community development.  Langford serves as the Director of the Youth Transition Funders Group, a national network of foundations working to improve outcomes for vulnerable youth and young adults. She is also a longstanding technical assistance partner of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, designing and facilitating sustainability planning processes, designing and analyzing the net fiscal impact of extended foster care programs, and supporting network wide learning events and convenings.   Langford is the former Vice President for Tools, Technical Assistance and Training at The Finance Project, and has held positions at Families USA, the Massachusetts State Women’s Commission, and the US Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. Langford holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

What We're Working On

Statewide Afterschool Networks:

Mainspring acts as the lead facilitator and manager for the C.S. Mott Foundation's Afterschool Technical Assistance Collaborative (ATAC), a partnership of national organizations that provide support to the foundation's statewide afterschool networks.


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