John Brandon (Co-Chair)
MCCOY’s President has over 30 years experience in the youth development field as a youth worker, counselor, caseworker, trainer, and agency executive. He holds a B.A. in History, a MDiv. in Theology, and a M.S. in Marital and Family Therapy. Brandon has guided numerous community planning projects and initiatives in the youth development arena during his career and serves on a variety of community boards and committees. He is a certified trainer in the Advancing Youth Development curriculum; a certified assessor for the Youth Program Quality Assessment/Improvement process; a trained facilitatator for the Sustainability Planning Process, and an adjunct professor for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. At MCCOY, John is responsible for overall agency management, staff development, strategic planning, partnership and relationship building, and fund development. An avid bicyclist and a voracious reader, Brandon is happily married and the father of one adult daughter.
Tasha R. Green Cruzat (Co-Chair)
Tasha R. Green Cruzat is Voices for Illinois Children's President. She has more than twenty-five years of experience in the public and private sectors of education, business, and government. Immediately prior to joining Voices, Tasha served as the Chief of Staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, where she was responsible for an operating budget of $4.2 billion. Previously, Tasha was with the State of Illinois as the Senior Management Advisor to the Governor's Office of Management and Budget and before that as the Chief Operating Officer for Central Management Services, one of the largest state agencies. Tasha holds a BA in Political Science from Brooklyn College, an MA in Education Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Tasha was born in the city of Chicago and raised in Evanston, Illinois. She is married to Edward Cruzat and currently lives in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. In her spare time, Tasha enjoys mentoring children, playing golf and tennis, along with spending time with her family.
Michelle Hughes (Treasurer)
Michelle joined NC Child in October 2014. Michelle has worked in the field of children's advocacy for almost 20 years in North Carolina. She has served in a number of executive and leadership positions including Project Director of the Partnering for Excellence Initiative at Benchmarks, Executive Vice-President for Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, and Public Action Director at the NC Child Advocacy Institute, the organizational predecessor to NC Child. Michelle is the 2012 recipient of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families Commissioner's Award and the 2012 North Carolina Pediatric Society, Tom Vitaglione Child Health Advocacy Award. A graduate of Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, Michelle holds Master's degrees in English and Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Robert Sanborn (Secretary)
Dr. Sanborn is the President and CEO of CHILDREN AT RISK. Under his leadership, notable achievements include launching the Public Policy & Law Center, CHILDREN AT RISK Institute, and the Center to End Trafficking and Exploitation of Children; directing significantly increased media attention to the issues championed by the organization; and increasing the organizational capacity to drive macro-level change to improve the lives of Houston’s most defenseless children. He recently received the Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children “Advocate of the Year Award” and the “Seeds of Hope” award for his work to end poverty at a systematic level through advocacy with community organizations and an increased awareness among public officials and the media.
A noted leader, advocate, and activist for education and children, Dr. Sanborn earned his undergraduate degree at Florida State University and his doctorate at Columbia University in New York City. Before entering the non-profit sector, he had a distinguished career in higher education at institutions such as Rice University and Hampshire College. He has worked and served as a senior leader with many organizations, always bringing with him a focus on innovation, collaborations with like-minded groups, resource developing partnerships, and a belief that all children deserve extraordinary opportunities to succeed.
Elizabeth Burke Bryant, JD
Elizabeth has served as Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT since it began in 1994. A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Elizabeth received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont and a law degree from the George Washington University Law School. Previous positions include Policy Director for the City of Providence; Housing Court prosecutor; and consultant to Rhode Island Housing, The Rhode Island Foundation, and the Women's Prison Mentoring Project. Elizabeth is Co-Chair of the Rhode Island Early Learning Council, serves on the board of the Partnership for America's Children, and is actively involved in many local and national organizations and efforts including the United Way of Rhode Island, the Alliance for Early Success, and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. She is the recipient of the Florette Angel National Child Advocate of the Year Award.
Robert C. Fellmeth
Professor Robert C. Fellmeth is a tenured law professor at the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law and is Founder and Executive Director of USD's Center for Public Interest Law and its Children's Advocacy Institute. He is the holder of the Price Chair in Public Interest Law at the USD School of Law, one of two such chairs in the nation. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, Fellmeth was one of the original "Nader's Raiders," organizing the student groups in 1968 as part of the early consumer movement, and directing the Nader Congress Project in 1970-72. As a deputy district attorney and Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Diego from 1973-81, he litigated 22 antitrust actions and founded the nation's first antitrust unit in a district attorney's office. He currently serves on the board of directors of Public Citizen Foundation (Chair from 1994 to 2014), the National Association of Counsel for Children (President of Board from 2010-12), First Star Foundation, and the Maternal and Child Health Access Foundation. In the past he served on the board of directors of Consumers Union and California Common Cause and served as counsel for Voices for America's Children. He has taught at the National Judicial College, the National College of District Attorneys, and the California Judicial College. He has litigated 40 published appellate cases, drafted/sponsored 65 state and federal statutes, authored or co-authored 14 books or treatises, including The Nader Report on the FTC (Baron, 1968), The Politics of Land (Grossman, 1970), California White Collar Crime (with Papageorge) (Tower Publishing, 4th edition 2013), and the law school text Child Rights and Remedies (Clarity Press, 3rd edition, 2011).
Allison became Westchester Children’s Association (WCA) Executive Director in July 2018. She joined WCA in 1998 as the Program Coordinator for the Children’s Health Initiative. In 2008, she was promoted to Deputy Director, responsible for WCA’s programmatic initiatives, leading WCA’s advocacy partnerships and community mobilization efforts. Allison received her BA from Amherst College and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. She brings over 25 years of experience in non-profit and community work both in the US and West Africa, as a Peace Corps Volunteer. After working in banking for three years, she returned to her passion of community development. She has held management positions at the National Civic League and Associated Black Charities. Ms. Lake has worked in youth development with the City Volunteer Corps program in New York City and the YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester. Allison is a homegrown Westchesterite, lives in Greenburgh with her husband and has two young adult children.
Dr. Stephan Blanford
Dr. Stephan Blanford has dedicated much of his career to advocacy and policymaking for children and families. He has led youth development agencies and educational institutions serving kids from birth to college entrance in Washington state, and was honored to receive the Leadership for Equity award at the culmination of his term as an elected school board director for Seattle Public Schools in 2017.
Aubrey Mancuso is the Executive Director at Voices for Children in Nebraska. In her previous role with Voices she was responsible for overseeing policy and research efforts on family economic stability and health issues. Prior to joining Voices for Children, Aubrey worked for a non-profit providing service to chronically homeless adults with mental illness in New York. She also worked for the City of New York’s Food Stamp Program and United States Senator Jeff Bingaman. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a B.A. from Creighton University.
A former teacher turned lobbyist, Kimberly has spent her career dedicated to building powerful organizations to amplify citizen's voices. Her work has driven critical policy change to improve the lives of nearly 30 million children and families across the globe. As DC Action's executive director, she has set a vision to achieve race equity in child policy; and is ramping up the organization's resources, human capital, and networks to break down structural barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential.
Kimberly brings more than 20 years of experience as an advocate for children and families and has a proven record of success in nonprofit management, policy advocacy, and civic engagement. She is most well known as Founding Director of DC Hunger Solutions, Vice President of the Clinton Foundation’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Executive Director of DC Vote, as well as other advisory roles in political campaigns, public policy advocacy and philanthropy.
Kimberly serves on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Hunger Center, the DC Community Housing Trust, and is Chair of Highest Ground.
When she’s not working you can find her at home perfecting recipes, watching and producing documentaries, salsa dancing, or on a hiking trail.