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A New Role for Marian Wright Edelman at the Children’s Defense Fund

November 2018

Marian Wright EdelmanMarian Wright Edelman, C’60, will take on a new role at the Children’s Defense Fund. A lifelong advocate for children, the poor and civil rights, Wright Edelman will transition from president of the CDF to president emerita in the Office of the Founder. 

The mission of the CDF is to advocate for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves, particularly poor children, children of color and those with disabilities. The CDF was founded as a result of the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm centered on federal programs for low-income families. 

In her new role, Wright Edelman will focus on building a lasting movement to end child poverty and inequality through servant leadership development at key spiritual retreats at CDF’s Haley Farm. “Our mission has never been more important than it is today during these perilous times for children and for our nation,” said Wright Edelman. “I am proud of CDF’s groundbreaking work over the past 45 years and the significant progress we have made for children and families—but there is still so much work to be done.”