Karin Carreau has nearly 20 years of lobbying and public policy experience at the state capitol and has built a track record of success. 

Throughout her career, she has given voice to underrepresented populations and those who serve them, delivering victories on high-profile, landmark initiatives including Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility, Mental Health Parity, Social Work Licensure Implementation, LGBTQ protections, and insurance reporting mandates. 

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Carreau has navigated both policy and fiscal budget terrain for her clients including funding for broad reaching juvenile justice reforms, the provision of mental health services, loan forgiveness expansion, and scope of professional practice implementation.  She insightfully identifies areas of opportunity for clients in the budget and as a result has secured millions in funding for (a program she created) the state’s (nationally recognized and replicated) Veterans’ Mental Health Training Initiative the Problem Gambling Partnership, the Raise the Age Navigator Program and services to at risk youth, among others. 

Carreau graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York, Albany in 2000 with a B.S. in Social Welfare and in 2001, with a Masters of Social Welfare (concentration in policy and administration). Ms. Carreau has also co-developed and taught a graduate level course on social work policy at the State University of New York, Albany. 

Carreau’s competitive spirit and passion is also realized in her leisure pursuits, including her lifelong love of horses. She regularly competes in equine events, including Hunter Paces throughout New York’s Hudson Valley.


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Mallory Hallstead, MSW, Policy Associate, works on special projects to advance legislation and issue campaigns focused on increasing access to mental health services, assuring appropriate credentialing of providers, school safety and LGBTQ rights. 

 Hallstead is particularly skilled at working with clients and stakeholders to develop comprehensive legislative campaign plans that leverage organizational strengths to methodically advance initiatives. In addition, she has created and served on community projects focused on environmental justice and has also worked in a clinical capacity, providing counseling to children and families.  

Hallstead graduated from the State University at Albany in 2011 with a Bachelors in English, and a Masters of Social Welfare in 2018.