2020 CDF Proctor Institute Leadership

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Dr. Tracy Najera

Children's Defense Fund - Ohio

    Dr. Tracy Nájera is the Executive Director of Children?s Defense Fund-Ohio, a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for more than 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all Ohio children. CDF-Ohio is committed to dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, eliminating gun violence, and ending poverty for all children. CDF-Ohio works in partnership with community and state level partners on data, research, policy issues, and advocacy on behalf of all Ohio?s children. Most recently, Tracy has co-led the Ohio Census Advocacy Coalition to make sure that all who live in Ohio are counted and matter.
    Dr. Najera?s experience spans public policy, research, and organizational leadership in her work with Ohio?s Office of Budget & Management, Battelle for Kids, and Education First Consulting. Dr. Nájera holds a master in public administration and a doctorate in education administration – both from The Ohio State University.