CDF Speakers Bureau

For more than 40 years, the Children's Defense Fund has been a leading advocacy voice for all the children of America. Our talented advocates, educators, organizers, policy experts, and other spokespeople use their voices every day to help lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect, and ensure access to health care, quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation to help them succeed. Learn more about CDF's public speakers below.

To invite CDF President Marian Wright Edelman to a speaking engagement, click here. For media inquiries, to request an interview with Mrs. Edelman, or to request information about any other CDF speaker, please complete our online request form.

Regional Spokespeople


Federal Budget and Tax Priorities for Families

Health and Mental Health

Early Childhood Development


Child Welfare

Cradle to Prison Pipeline® Campaign

Juvenile Justice

Religious Action

  • Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris - Senior Religious Advisor
  • The Rev. Janet Wolf - Director, Haley Farm and Nonviolent Organizing

Youth Leadership

Community Organizing 

Spanish-Speaking Spokespeople

Travel, Lodging, and Honoraria Policies

Should a request require CDF staff to make a trip out of town, CDF asks that the requesting organization pay all expenses for travel and hotel accommodations.

CDF staff does not accept fees for speaking engagements, so any honoraria should be donated to the Children's Defense Fund.