Ms. Kagan is Program Director for the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. The Resource Center houses the Lifespan Respite Technical Assistance Center funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living and the National Respite Coalition, ARCH’s policy division. She has served on numerous national advisory boards, including her most recent role on the National Advisory Council to the Family Support Research & Training Center and her current role on the Duke-UCLA National Child Traumatic Stress Network Advisory Committee. She also recently served as co-chair of the Respite Impact Council for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Military Caregiver Campaign and now serves on the National Advisory Committee to the Campaign. Ms. Kagan represents ARCH on several prominent national and international coalitions, including the core Advisory group to the bicameral ACT Family Caregiver Congressional Caucus, the National Alliance for Caregiving’s Advocacy Collaborative, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Caregiver Workgroup, the National Child Abuse Prevention Partners of the U.S. Children’s Bureau, the National Child Abuse Coalition, and the International Short Break Association, of which ARCH is a founding member. She is also co-chair of the Autism, Developmental Disabilities and Family Support Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, and facilitator of the national Lifespan Respite Task Force.
Prior to this, Ms. Kagan served as deputy staff director and as professional staff for ten years to the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families in the U.S. House of Representatives. She also worked as a policy consultant to national disability, aging, child health and child abuse prevention organizations for more than 15 years. Ms. Kagan received her masters in public health in maternal and child health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.