Meet Our Members

Alabama

Melanie Bridgeforth, Executive Director
334-213-2410

The efforts of VOICES for Alabama's Children to introduce and pass a Graduated Teen Driver’s licensing law contributed to a 29% decrease in teen deaths following passage and implementation.

Arizona

Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO
602-226-0707

Our annual Through the Eyes of a Child luncheon features a silent auction of donated student artwork and youth entertainment like a high school marching band.

Arkansas

Rich Huddleston, Executive Director
602-226-0707

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017; one of its founders was Hillary Clinton.

California

Mayra Alvarez, President
310-260-1220

Partnership’s 1996 award winning publication, The Parent's Guide to the Information Superhighway: Rules & Tools For Families and accompanying website had such impact and reach that they now sit in the Smithsonian Institution's Archives Center at the National Museum of American History.

Ted Lempert, President
510-763-2444
Robert Fellmeth, Executive Director
619-260-4806

The Children’s Advocacy Institute (CAI) is one of the only child advocacy organizations that combines research and policy advocacy before all three branches of government with an academic component. Based at the University of San Diego School of Law, CAI has trained over 700 law students to be effective child advocates over the last 25 years.

Colorado

Kelly Causey, President and CEO
303-620-4529

The Children’s Campaign celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015 – 30 Years Bold!

Connecticut

Jim Horan, Executive Director
860-951-2212 ex235

CAHS focuses on both policy and program development to move kids and families out of poverty, and our policy agenda is strongly informed by our program work and our more than 100 program partners.

Ellen Shemitz, Executive Director
203-498-4240

Connecticut Voices for Children believes that children do best when they live in healthy families and thriving communities. We have led statewide campaigns across a broad range of issues, helping to found broad coalitions that include the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, and Better Choices for CT. All these alliances remain in existence, with ongoing growth in membership and state policy influence.

Delaware

Janice Barlow, Director
302-831-6780

KIDS COUNT in Delaware celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015.

Florida

Roy Miller, President and Founder, and Linda Alexionok, Executive Director
850-425-2600

Georgia

Erica Fener Sitkoff, Executive Director
404-521-0311

Hawaii

Deborah Zysman, Executive Director
808-531-5502

Hawaii Children's Action Network's Senior Community Engagement Specialist often calls community meetings to order by singing children’s songs.

Idaho

Lauren Necochea, Director
208-336-5533 x248

Idaho Voices for Children celebrated its tenth year of existence in 2015.

Illinois

Tasha Green Cruzat, Executive Director
312-456-0600

Voices for Illinois Children’s president, Tasha Green Cruzat, formerly served as Chief of Staff to the president of the second largest county in the United States, Cook County.

Indiana

John Brandon, President
317-921-1266

MCCOY has published and distributed the Youth Activity Directory (YAD) - a comprehensive listing of programs that serve youth in central Indiana - for 19 years. In 2015, the YAD was made into a free online app.

Iowa

Anne Discher, Interim Executive Director
515-280-9027

The Child and Family Policy Center celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014 and will soon celebrate its 25th year as Iowa’s Kids Count organization.

Kansas

Annie McKay, President and CEO
785-232-0550

Kansas Action for Children was formed in 1979 by the three Junior Leagues of Kansas and the Kansas Children’s Service League.

Kentucky

Terry Brooks, Executive Director
502-895-8167

Kentucky Youth Advocates has remained the independent voice for Kentucky’s children for over 40 years. It takes no government money so it can truly be independent.

Louisiana

Anthony Recasner, CEO
504-586-8509

Agenda for Children's CEO, Dr. Anthony Recasner, co-founded the first charter school in New Orleans.

Maine

Claire Berkowitz, Executive Director
207-623-1868

Since 1996, Maine Children’s Alliance annually awards community members who "stick their necks out" for Maine kids with an orange Giraffe Award.

Maryland

Becky Wagner, Executive Director
410-547-9200

A former Advocates for Children and Youth executive director, Jann Jackson, now helps lead the KIDS COUNT work at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Michigan

Matt Gillard, President and CEO
517-485-3500

Michigan’s Children connects lawmakers directly to young people through their Kidspeak events that simulate legislative hearings and allow youth to set the agenda.

Claudnyse Jenkins, Executive Director
810-234-5007

Nebraska

Aubrey Manusco, Executive Director
402-597-3100

Voices for Children in Nebraska was founded in 1987 by Kathy Bigsby Moore, a former foster care parent whose own experiences working with the state moved her to improve the systems that are serving the children of Nebraska.

New Jersey

Cecilia Zalkind, Executive Director
973-643-3876

Advocates for Children of New Jersey’s roots grew out of some of the earliest efforts in New Jersey to protect abused and abandoned children. It is in part the successor organization to the Newark Orphan Asylum, which was established in 1847.

New Mexico

James C. Jimenez, MPA, Executive Director
505-244-9505

New Mexico Voices for Children was founded by a small group of pediatricians who realized that some of the factors most detrimental to children's health were due to poverty and adverse childhood experiences, and could not be treated with medicine alone. They formed the child advocacy organization to address the systemic causes of child poverty that families and doctors alone could not change.

New York

Larry Marx, Executive Director
585-256-2620

In honor of the Children's Agenda's tenth anniversary, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and Rochester City Mayor Lovely Warren officially proclaimed Thursday, November 20, 2014 to be “The Children’s Agenda Day.” United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter sent proclamations in their honor.

Kate Breslin, President and CEO
518-463-1896

The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, New York State's policy voice, was founded by Louisa Lee Schuyler, great-granddaughter of Alexander Hamilton.

Cora Greenberg, Executive Director
914-946-7676

Westchester Children’s Association believes every child should be healthy, safe and prepared for life’s challenges. Since 1914, our mission has been to improve the lives of Westchester’s young people by shaping policies and programs to meet their needs, and by keeping their well-being at the top of the public agenda.

North Carolina

Michelle Hughes, Executive Director
919-834-6623

Although NC Child is a new agency formed by a merger of two statewide organizations in 2014, we have a legacy of more than three decades in child advocacy from our predecessors.

Ohio

Brandi Slaughter, Chief Executive Officer
216-881-7860

Voices for Ohio’s Children is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016.

Oregon

Tonia Hunt, Executive Director
503-236-9754

Children First for Oregon is the home of “United for Kids”, an initiative involving more than 75 pro-child advocacy organizations in the state.

Pennsylvania

Joan Benso, President and CEO
717-236-5680

Nearly 2.8 million children call Pennsylvania home, and Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children is working to make sure every one of those kids has the opportunity to thrive and learn in a healthy, supportive environment.

Rhode Island

Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director
401-351-9400

Policy victories spearheaded by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT include the design and launch of the state’s high quality pre-k program and the creation of Rite Smiles – a Medicaid managed care program for dental care that has dramatically increased the percentage of Medicaid covered children with access to regular preventative oral health care.

Tennessee

Jaunita Veasy, Executive Director
615-366-5530

The Black Children’s Institute of Tennessee, created in 1989, is the first and only statewide African American Child Advocacy Organization in the United States.

Linda O'Neal, Executive Director
615-741-2633

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth has nine regional councils on children and youth across the state with over 3,000 members.

Texas

Bob Sanborn, President and CEO
713-869-7740

In 1989, several child advocates developed a 60-page research book entitled Children At Risk with a March of Dimes Grant, which highlighted the need for a strong advocate for Houston's Children. The advocates then formed CHILDREN AT RISK.

Stephanie Rubin, Chief Executive Officer
512-473-2274

Texans Care for Children has been driving policy change to improve the lives of Texas children for over 30 years.

Kathleen Fletcher, President/CEO
210-220-2584

Voices for Children of San Antonio, with about 50 local organizations and Pre-K 4 SA, provide all-day free professional development events for child care providers. These events are now annual in nine of the ten council districts; approximately 250 providers attend each event, about 4,000 (unduplicated) providers in four years.

Utah

Lincoln Nehring, President and CEO
801-364-1182

Founded in 1985, Voices for Utah Children is celebrating three decades of speaking out on behalf of Utah Children in 2015.

Virginia

Margaret Nimmo Holland, Executive Director
804-649-0184

Voices for Virginia’s Children was founded in 1994, and many of those who helped organize it and were on its first Board of Directors are still involved in its work today.

Washington

Paola Maranan, Executive Director
1-800-854-KIDS

At the annual Washington Children’s Alliance “Have a Heart for Kids” Day, policymakers and staff come to the windows when they hear the high school drumline at the front of Children’s Alliance’s kid-led march around the Washington state capitol.

West Virginia

Tricia Kingery, Executive Director
304-345-2101

In 1990, West Virginia KIDS COUNT was born out of a Task Force formed by former Governor Gaston Caperton to address the needs of West Virginia children and families.

Wisconsin

Ken Taylor, Executive Director
608-284-0580

Kids Forward, formerly the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, began operations before the United States adopted the use of time zones in 1883.