Candace Ladd, MSW


Candace is a social worker and Kansas City native. Candace’s career is animated by her belief in the power of movements for social change and the idea that everyone deserves to live with dignity. Candace works at Heartland Center for Jobs and Freedom, a non-profit legal center that defends tenants and low-wage workers from exploitation by landlords, employers, and creditors. Candace organized tenants for the historic Right to Counsel campaign, which guarantees a lawyer to every tenant facing eviction in Kansas City, MO. She serves as a member of InCoLab, which provides guidance to the Jackson County Health Department in developing its Community Health Improvement Plan. Candace organized the strategy team for the KC Tenants Bill of Rights, contributed to the research for the People’s Housing Trust Fund, and is on the communications team for KC Tenants Power. Before working at Heartland, she managed volunteers at a rape crisis center, was an advocate at a domestic violence shelter, and did case management. Candace holds a master’s in social work from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a bachelor’s in music therapy from Drury University. As part of her master’s in social work, Candace studied peacebuilding alternatives to the criminal justice system, focusing on transformative justice and sexual violence.

Intro to Peace Studies
Bachelor's of Music Therapy - Drury University
Master's of Social Work - University of Missouri-Kansas City
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