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About Us

Family Compassion is a community of believers focused on strengthening American families and the institutional and social frameworks that support them. We believe that strong families contribute to a strong society. We are dedicated to supporting American families by ensuring access to the care and resources they need to thrive.

Family Compassion is 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. EIN: 92-0596385

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Our Board


Lauren Reliford

As political director, Lauren W. Reliford, MSW, is responsible for developing and implementing Sojourners’ policy strategy, positioning, framing, messaging, and advocacy for outreach and impact on Capitol Hill and the presidential administration. She is a passionate and mission-oriented public and population health professional focused on bridging the gap between social theory, spirituality, research, and practice to the forefront of our major policy decisions.

Lauren joins Sojourners with over 10 years of experience in research, policy, advocacy, and government relations. Prior to joining Sojourners, Lauren took her passion for politics and policy and turned it into a profession, focusing on domestic and international public health advocacy for of a number of large nonprofit organizations. She also earned her master’s degree in social work and focused primarily on the biological impacts of trauma in high-risk and vulnerable populations. She credits her time doing frontline social work during the pandemic as a turning point in her life and career and was drawn to Sojourners because it would allow her to continue the good work and act on her morals and values at a policy level.

She is a native of the Washington, D.C., metro area and earned her B.A. in political science from Boston College and her MSW in social policy-clinical social work at the National Catholic School of Social Services at the Catholic University of America. Lauren is an avid reader, loves her Washington Football Team, and spends time with her two dachshunds, Walter and Riley, when she needs a break.

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Ekemini Uwan

Ekemini Uwan (pronounced Eh-keh-mi-knee Oo-wan) is a public theologian, international human rights activist, and co-author of the 2023 NAACP Image Award Nominated book Truth’s Table: Black Women’s Musings on Life, Love, and Liberation.  She co-hosts the award-winning podcast Truth's Table and Get In The Word With Truth’s Table. Uwan is a 2022 Aspen Ideas Festival Fellow, 2023 and 2024 fellow at The Aspen Institute. She serves as a Special Advisor for The Aspen Institute’s Racial Justice and Religion Collective. In addition to being an NAACP Image Award Nominated Author for Outstanding Literary Work, Ekemini is a former contributing writer for Hallmark Mahogany and a charter member of The International Civil Working Group of the Permanent Forum for People of African Descent at the United Nations. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @sistatheology


Dr. Annie Bentley Waddoups

Dr. Annie Bentley Waddoups is a developmental scientist with expertise in early development and parent/child research. Over the last 17 years, she has led programs and consulted globally to support and promote the healthy development of families, particularly those in difficult circumstances. Currently Annie serves as Senior Director at Mormon Women for Ethical Government, focusing on child and family advocacy. 


Patricia Ruiz-Cantu

With over 20 years of experience in government administration, non-profit
organizations, and civic engagement across the US and Mexico, Patricia Ruiz-Cantu brings a deep understanding of what it takes
to connect with, and serve, diverse communities. Whether building enduring relationships with faith communities, implementing effective communication strategies across multiple mediums, or cultivating leadership development, her diverse expertise and bilingual/bicultural background in Spanish positions her to be an agent-of-change and innovation wherever she goes. She takes pride in meeting people where they are and helping them achieve their full potential to achieve their goals and drive meaningful positive outcomes.

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