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Darcy Olsen
Founder & CEO

Darcy Olsen founded Gen Justice in 2017 with a foster baby in her arms and a mission: to end the bureaucratic failures, violence, and death she had seen children suffer in our nation’s broken child protection system.

 

Six months later, Gen Justice’s inaugural reforms passed in a bipartisan landslide, improving safety for 15,000 abandoned and abused kids in her home state of Arizona. Gen Justice reforms now have taken root in state and federal law and are helping hundreds of thousands of children.

 

It all started in 2010 when Darcy felt inspired to foster. “We have newborns sleeping in government office buildings,” the social worker told her. “If you could open a crib, we’d be thankful.” So, instead of fostering a teen as she’d planned, she left the hospital cradling an abandoned infant, meth exposed. In a few short years, she’d taken home ten. 

 

In case after case, Darcy saw criminals receive more protection than their child victims. The criminally accused have the constitutional right to an attorney; kids don’t. Criminals have the constitutional right to a speedy trial; kids don’t. And while criminals have the right to a public trial and due process, child welfare hearings routinely are held in the dark with records sealed, protecting public agencies from oversight, accountability, and reform.

 

In 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services presented Darcy with the Adoption Excellence Award for her impact helping waiting children get adopted. She was also named an Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. That same year, she was also recognized by the Arizona Capitol Times for innovation and leadership during the pandemic. In 2019, Gen Justice was honored to win the inaugural Gregor G. Peterson Prize in Venture Philanthropy.

 

Prior to launching Gen Justice, Darcy served as CEO of the Goldwater Institute. Among her achievements was spearheading the Right to Try movement, which gives Americans with terminal illnesses a fighting chance at a longer life. With her seminal book as a bipartisan blueprint, a majority of states adopted the law and paved the way for the federal law three years later. Darcy received the 2014 Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation for her work vindicating constitutional rights.

 

She has testified before Congress, lectured on children’s interests at Harvard Law School, written for outlets from the Wall Street Journal to USA Today and appeared on countless public affairs shows. 

 

Darcy, a single mom, adopted her four children from foster care, now ages 10, 10, 8 and 5.

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TIM KELLER
Senior Vice President and Legal Director

Tim’s heart for pursuing justice on behalf of abused and neglected children stems from experience. The Keller family fostered a neglected child who had spent her formative years moving between shelters, group homes, and foster families.

 

“As a father, I would have given anything to protect our foster daughter from what she endured,” said Tim. Through Gen Justice's public interest legal work, Tim seeks to vindicate the constitutional interests of children to be free from severe abuse, and he fights for their right to be safe, secure, and promptly placed with permanent parents.

 

Prior to joining Gen Justice, Tim worked for nearly twenty years at the Institute for Justice, most recently as a Senior Attorney where he led the firm’s educational choice team. In that role, he served as lead counsel in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, a U.S. Supreme Court victory that protected Arizona’s pioneering tax-credit-funded private school scholarship program. Tim also led the legal team that secured a victory in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a U.S. Supreme Court precedent that prevents states from discriminating against religious families and schools in the operation of educational choice programs.  

 

Tim earned his law degree from Arizona State University. Upon graduation, he clerked for then-Presiding Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court, Robert D. Myers. After leaving the Superior Court, Tim clerked for the Honorable Ann A. Scott Timmer on the Arizona Court of Appeals.

 

Tim and his wife, Lisa, have four sons, Daniel, Benjamin, Ethan, and Noah. They enjoy traveling, sports, and spending time together. Tim is also an avid old-school reader, no Kindles allowed!

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ANN TREDWAY

Executive Director

Prior to joining Gen Justice, Ann served as group vice president of communications and development at the Goldwater Institute. From 2012 - 2016, Ann was the chief development officer and president of Hamot Health Foundation in Erie, Pennsylvania. In that role, she directed philanthropic initiatives and provided community outreach. Ann also served for ten years in various roles for The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Ann is an active member of her community and specifically enjoys being involved with her alma mater, Mercyhurst University, and supporting Emma’s Footprints, an organization which supports infant loss families.

Ann and her husband Tom enjoy skiing, swimming, and taking walks through the woods with their two young daughters.

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