Meet the Policy & Advocacy Team

Our policy, advocacy, and consultation solutions draw on the experiences we share with children and families every day and what we learn through the healing programs and practices we use to address trauma, toxic stressors, and adversity. By pairing practical knowledge with expertise in policy research, development, advocacy and systems administration, Saint Francis brings a well-rounded, non-partisan perspective to advancing important and positive changes.

Dr. Page Walley

President/Chief Public Policy Officer

Dr. Page Walley

President/Chief Public Policy Officer

A licensed clinical psychologist, child welfare policy expert, and community advocate, Page brings a wealth of expertise in child welfare practice to Saint Francis Ministries. As a minister and former member of the legislative and executive branches of government in Alabama and Tennessee, Page understands how child welfare practices and systems directly affect families. As Saint Francis’ president/chief public policy officer, he leads our advocacy efforts, crafting consensus and building partnerships across the country. At the local, state, and federal levels, he meets with leaders to learn what they need to best provide for the children and families they serve. Mostly, Page helps strengthen human communities by sharing resources and supporting Saint Francis partners as we work together to heal and sustain at-risk families.

Rachel Marsh

Vice President, Advocacy

Rachel Marsh

Vice President, Advocacy

As an attorney, Rachel has always advocated for the welfare of children. Since 2006, she has held various positions with Saint Francis Ministries, the most recent of which was executive director of public policy. Her work has always focused on community engagement, collaboration with public and private partners, and support for social workers, mental health professionals, and administrators – all aimed at better serving the needs of children and families. As Saint Francis’ vice president for advocacy, Rachel builds relationships with legislators and public policy advocates; monitors state and federal policy developments in areas of child welfare, human trafficking, substance abuse, immigration, and poverty; and leads Saint Francis’ advocacy efforts on other critical issues.

Marlo Nash

National Director of Partnerships and Policy

Marlo Nash

National Director of Partnerships and Policy

Marlo’s 25-year career in nonprofit child advocacy makes her the ideal person to help guide Saint Francis’ national initiative to improve policy and advance change for children and families. She achieves this through collaboration with Congressional offices, state legislators, federal and state policymakers, human services organizations, and other advocates. Marlo came to Saint Francis from the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, where as senior vice president of public policy and mobilization, she led the member network in multi-issue, values-based public policy and advocacy. As part of Saint Francis’ public policy and community engagement team, she partners with our national network of stakeholders on policy development, advocacy strategies, systems change management, and service delivery programs.

National Presence, Local Solutions

National Presence, Local Solutions

Saint Francis Ministries partners with community, state, and federal policy makers and stakeholders to ensure policies and systems are designed and operate to strengthen families and help children reach their full potential.