Shaun Lane

Policy Fellow

Shaun Lane is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago with 35 years’ experience in child welfare policy and practice. At Chapin Hall he partners with jurisdictions and private child welfare agencies in accomplishing child welfare transformation. Lane works with child welfare leaders to identify priority outcomes, select strategies for improvement, execute their implementation, and monitor their effectiveness. Currently, Lane is partnering with leaders in two states to leverage the Family First Prevention Services Act in support of child welfare system transformation. Lane’s areas of expertise are leadership development, strategy formulation, group decision making, stakeholder engagement, and implementation. Lane also serves as a Lecturer at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration where he teaches graduate courses in leadership and social welfare policy.

Prior to coming to Chapin Hall, Lane served as the chief operating officer of Hephzibah Children’s Association, where he provided executive leadership of programs and administration. Prior to that, Lane served as a Deputy Director with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, where he provided executive leadership for seven statewide programs and led a five-year $10 million federal demonstration project to reduce risk of long-term foster care.

Lane has an MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Master of Arts in Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

Bachelor of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago