Seasoned Educator Joins Children’s Defense Fund Policy Team

For Immediate Release
May 15, 2009
For More Information Contact:
Ed Shelleby
(202) 662-3602


WASHINGTON, DC – Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) announced today the appointment of Dr. Bert L'Homme, a seasoned education and school administrator with more than 30 years of experience, to the position of Education Policy Director.

In his new role as Education Policy Director, Dr. L'Homme will serve as a liaison with other organizations and elected officials in the area of education. He will also be a coordinator for the Cradle to Prison Pipeline® Campaign, which seeks to dismantle the pipeline that puts Black boys born in 2001 at a one in three lifetime risk of going to jail and Latino boys born in 2001 at a one in six lifetime risk of the same fate.

“I am very pleased to have such an experienced educator join the Children’s Defense Fund,” said CDF President Marian Wright Edelman. “Dr. L’Homme will help strengthen our policy voice and enhance our ability to advocate to elected officials. With the Obama Administration proposing major investments and reforms to education that will affect millions of children, Dr. L’Homme will play a vital role in helping CDF shape those reforms.”

Most recently, Dr. L’Homme served as Superintendent for Franklin County Schools in North Carolina. Prior to his role as superintendent, Dr. L’Homme held the positions of associate superintendent and principal for a number of school districts in North Carolina, and principal and executive director of City Lights School in Washington, D.C.   He also served in the United States Air Force as a staff sergeant.

Dr. L'Homme holds a Ph.D. in special education/public school administration from the University of Maryland, an M.Ed. in K-12 special education/emotional disturbance from American University, and a B.A. in secondary education/psychology and history from the University of Maryland.

To book Dr. L'Homme or any other CDF spokesperson, please visit CDF’s speaker’s bureau.