Louis Gasper works as the Jurisdictional Project Coordinator for the Capacity Building Center for States (ICF) where he leads project management and coordination efforts for the Tailored Services department. Louie has a bachelor’s in political communication from the Evergreen State College and transitioned full-time from his role as a Young Adult Consultant. Louie has worked on reforming the child welfare system since he was 13 years old, collaborating, and leading projects ranging from the local to the international level with various organizations. Within these organizations, Louie has served in various capacities as a chapter president/leader, chairman of policy, legislative committee representative, programs and policy intern, “all-star” intern, conference facilitator, peer fellow, change management consultant, and youth trainer. In the scope of his work, Louie has participated in projects based on relationship building, group home reform, youth advocacy, housing/homelessness, LGBTQIA+ rights, race relations, social worker, and foster parent accountability, permanency, mental health, sexual and physical abuse, and trauma, and systems reform among child welfare. As an agent of change, Louie consistently looks for opportunities to employ strategic planning processes that offer clear, mission-based solutions. Louie also currently holds a position on the National Association of Black Journalists Political Task Force Executive Board as Secretary/Treasurer. His interdisciplinary approaches and skills for analyzing public policy, reviewing legislation, writing and editing, project management, media monitoring and curation, and communications enhances his work to offer a unique approach to solutions addressing child welfare reform.
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