Our Leadership

President & CEO

Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson

Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson is president & CEO of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) and CDF Action Council. Founded in 1973, CDF builds community so young people grow up with dignity, hope, and joy. Children’s Defense Fund envisions a nation where marginalized children flourish, leaders prioritize their well-being, and communities wield the power to ensure they thrive. It pursues this vision through policy advocacy, community organizing, and a network of CDF Freedom Schools in 100 U.S. cities and thirty states.

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Portrait of Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson.

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Leadership Team

Sheri A. Brady

Vice President and Chief Program Officer

Kathleen Flynn

Chief Operating Officer

Cheryle Cook Posley

Cheryl Cook-Posley

National Director, Movement Building

Bob Farrace

Bob Farrace, CAE

National Director, Public Affairs

Kristal Moore Clemons

Dr. Kristal Moore Clemons

National Director, CDF Freedom Schools®

Oleta Garrett-Fitzgerald

Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald

REGIONAL DIRECTOR, SOUTHERN REGIONAL OFFICE

Thomas Harvey

CALIFORNIA STATE DIRECTOR AND NATIONAL LITIGATION STRATEGIST

David McClure

David McClure

Director, Information Technology

Shaquité Pegues

Shaquité Pegues

MANAGING DIRECTOR, CDF FREEDOM SCHOOLS®

Alisha Porter

MINNESOTA STATE DIRECTOR

Alta Riggs

Alta Riggs

CONTROLLER

Adriana Rocha

Adriana Rocha

NEW YORK STATE INTERIM DIRECTOR

John Stanford

Dr. John Stanford

OHIO STATE DIRECTOR

Dr. Brandy Taylor Dédé

TEXAS STATE DIRECTOR

Kwentoria Williams

Kwentoria A. Williams

DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS

Rexanah Wyse Morrissette

DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE OFFICE AND STRATEGIC INITIATIVES