Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, New York
The Partnership for America’s Children will present the 2021 Florette Angel Memorial Child Advocacy Award to Kate Breslin, President and CEO of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy in New York. The presentation will take place during an online event for the Partnership network on September 22, 2021.
The Florette Angel Memorial Child Advocacy Award is named for West Virginia child advocate, Florette Angel, who grew up in racially-polarized Mississippi in the 1940s. It honors the executive director of a Partnership member organization who has been nominated by their colleagues and selected by a panel of their peers. It reflects the admiration and respect of the Partnership community for someone who exemplifies the best of child advocacy. This annual award, which dates back to 1996, is given to an executive director who has:
- demonstrated exemplary leadership as a representative for the interests of children and their families across a number of policy issues;
- successfully promoted public policies and investments that help improve the lives of children and families, with a particular focus on those experiencing poverty;
- played a critical role in articulating and championing the needs of children and defending their interests in the political process, even when those positions were not popular; and advanced the growth and credibility of multi-issue child advocacy as a profession.
The 2021 honoree is Kate Breslin, President and CEO of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy in New York State. Kate Breslin has been President and CEO of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy since 2010. With Kate’s leadership, the Schuyler Center is building on its 150-year history as a strong, independent voice and coalition-builder that holds government accountable and helps shape public debate around policies that affect disenfranchised New Yorkers. Schuyler Center is focused on advancing concrete solutions to improve the lives of children and families, particularly those experiencing poverty. In the past year, Kate and Schuyler Center led a child poverty reduction initiative that passed with near-unanimous support in the legislature. Kate also has helped lead efforts to increase Medicaid investment in children, families, and social determinants of health. Kate’s policy expertise crosses health, family economic security, tax policy, child welfare, and early childhood development. Her advocacy success is rooted in developing and sustaining strong relationships and she is well-known as a trusted partner. Kate generously offers her time and expertise to colleagues in New York and beyond.
The Partnership for America’s Children is a network of state and local child advocacy organizations working to improve policies affecting children at the local, state, and national level. The Partnership strengthens members’ policy knowledge, advocacy skills, and organizational development by connecting them to peer expertise and national resources, and by facilitating collaborative efforts to improve the lives of all America’s children.