Stephanie Ivler
Senior Policy Advocate

Stephanie Ivler is senior policy advocate and is focused on issues involving transition age youth, juvenile justice and residential services. Stephanie is an attorney and former director of the Foster Care & Adoptions Division of Bienvenidos Children’s Center. Stephanie has practiced business law both in the U.S and abroad. She has created nonprofit organizations from mere vision as well as serving in senior management in complex organizations serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and youth in foster care.

Stephanie has a passionate commitment to changing the perception of foster youth and improving systems and services, enabling them to move beyond mere survival to leadership. While not acting in a legal capacity, Stephanie utilized the knowledge and the skills acquired as a practicing transactional and litigation attorney as Bienvenidos primary representative to the California Department of Social Services during transition under the umbrella of Continuum of Care Reform. Her work resulted in Bienvenidos being selected as one of the statewide five Early RFA Implementers. 

Stephanie received a bachelor’s degree in international relations magna cum laude from the University of Southern California, where she was also elected Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated at the top of her class on an accelerated academic schedule from Southwestern Law School, during which time she externed for the Honorable Terry J. Hatter, Jr., United States District Court, Central District of California. 

Email Stephanie at [email protected].