Every Child Matters Education Fund-Organization
Headquarters: 2000 M St. NW, Suite 203, Washington DC, 20036   (202) 223-2000
"a national nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of children and families by advocating for better public policy during federal and state campaigns."
updated December 11, 2007

President Michael Petit
Founding President of Every Child Matters, served as commissioner of Maine's Human Services Department and was deputy director of the Child Welfare League of America.  He has worked to advance children and family issues for more than 30 years.
Research Director Stephen Clermont
(Conducts all political, policy, and public policy research and designs and manages the website)  Worked in polling and survey research for more than a decade at Hickman-Brown Research and Princeton Survey Research Associates.
Operations Director Brendan FitzSimons
(Overseeing administrative duties, developing a membership database of children's activists, and analyzing the impact of federal and state tax and budget cuts on children's programs)  A founding staff member of Fight Crime: Invest In Kids and served as Vice President.
Campaign Director Ursula Ellis
Experience includes directing of a federal grant to increase the college going rate among minority, limited English proficient students in northern Virginia schools.  She has also served as the deputy director of the National Community Education Association and the senior vice president of the National Association for Hospital Development.
Technology Director Brandon Miller
Formerly a data analyst with the National Association of Counties.
Finance & Administration Associate Rebecca Wilkerson


also Louisiana (2007 gubernatorial campaign): Shacara Lewis and Nadra Harrison

Headquarters: 1111 9th Street, Suite 235, Des Moines, Iowa 50314   (515) 280-5385
Director Tom LaPointe

Campaign Associate Erin Marth
Graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in political science.  Marth has worked on a number of campaigns, including New Voters Project, a non-partisan organization that works to get young voters involved in the electoral process.  She also interned in the Iowa State Senate, and she spent eight months in the Philippines as a Young Adult Volunteer and Ecumenical Intern in Mutual Mission through the Presbyterian Church (USA).

c/o Plus Time New Hampshire, 160 Dover Point Rd, Suite 1, Chichester, NH 03258    (603) 798-5850 ext. 223
Field Director MaryLou Beaver
MaryLou Beaver has more than 20 years of experience working with children and families in New Hampshire.  She is the former executive director of Dover Children's Center, a non-profit childcare center.  Ms. Beaver is the current chairperson of the NH Family Assistance Advisory Council, appointed by Gov. Jeanne Shaheen in 1997. (The advisory council works with the NH Division of Family Assistance to ensure that the TANF Program meets state and federal regulations).
Director Jackie Cowell

and Stefany Shaheen, Cynthia Billings, Katie Brissette.

c/o Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy, UNLV School of Public Health, 4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 453030, Las Vegas, NV 89154-3030
(702) 895-1040
Director Denise Tanata Ashby, J.D.
Has worked at the Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy since 1998, starting out as a project assistant and serving as project coordinator, policy analyst, associate director and executive director.  B.A. in women's studies from UNLV.  J.D. from the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV in May 2003. 
Field Director Amanda Haboush, M.A. 


c/o Voices for South Carolina’s Children, PO Box 11644, Columbia, SC 29211   (803) 256-4670 x223
Director Sue Oliver

Assistant Director Bunnie Lempesis

Campaign Coordinator Jennifer Rison


Research Associate Jason Epstein
Experience includes field director for a congressional campaign and a delegate race.  Graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in history.
Finance & Administration Associate Helen Melton
Previously worked with the Washington Blade newspaper, where she handled administrative duties and bookkeeping.
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