Our Leadership

President & CEO

Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson

Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson is president and CEO of Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) and CDF Action Council. CDF envisions a nation where marginalized children flourish, leaders prioritize their well-being, and communities wield the power to ensure they thrive. Wilson is board chair for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) and the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE). From 2011 through 2020, Rev. Wilson was president & CEO of Deaconess Foundation, a faith-based philanthropy for child well-being and racial justice in St. Louis. From 2008 through 2018, Dr. Wilson also pastored Saint John’s Church (The Beloved Community), a multiracial congregation in the city.

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Leadership Team

Sheri A. Brady

Vice President, Strategy and Program

Cheryle Cook Posley

Cheryl Cook-Posley

National Director, Movement Building

Bob Farrace

Bob Farrace, CAE

National Director, Public Affairs

Kristal Moore Clemons

Dr. Kristal Moore Clemons

National Director, CDF Freedom Schools®

Kercena A. Dozier

New York State Director

La Tonja Ellis

Director, Human Resources and Culture

Oleta Garrett-Fitzgerald

Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald

Regional Director, Southern Regional Office

Thomas Harvey

California State Director and National Litigation Strategist

Serena Holthe

Director, Public Policy

David McClure

David McClure

Director, Information Technology

Shaquité Pegues

Shaquité Pegues

Managing Director, CDF Freedom Schools®

Alisha Porter

Minnesota State Director

Alta Riggs

Alta Riggs

Controller

John Stanford

Dr. John Stanford

OHIO STATE DIRECTOR

Dr Taylor Dede

Dr. Brandy Taylor Dédé

Texas State Director

Kwentoria Williams

Director, Strategic Communications

Shannon Williams

DIRECTOR, LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND ORGANIZING

Rexanah Wyse Morrissette

DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE OFFICE AND STRATEGIC INITIATIVES