We here at MCN support a state-funded paid family and medical leave program, which would allow employees to take time off to take care of themselves and their families when medical issues arise. Join Debra Fitzpatrick of Children’s Defense Fund who will explain the proposed program, how it would impact your nonprofit, and why advocates are pushing for this proposal. This is a great opportunity for a deep dive into a legislative issue MCN advocates for that would directly impact nonprofits. Whether you are in human resources, policy, or fundraising, this Bite-Sized Learning is for you. Come ready to learn and ask questions!
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As Director of Policy and Research, Debra Fitzpatrick
leads the development and implementation of CDF-MN’s legislative agenda. She collaborates with legislators, coalitions, partners and community to advance research-based policies that ensure every child has a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. She leads CDF-MN’s KIDS COUNT project and her work supports outreach, community organizing and federal policy efforts. Before joining CDF-MN she held leadership roles at academic policy centers focused on gender and racial economic equity and K-12 education reform. Her most recent two-generation, children and families, economic research and policy efforts focus on working in coalition and with legislative champions to create more family-friendly workplaces -- including paid family and medical leave, early childhood care and education, pregnancy accommodations and caregiver discrimination. In prior positions, Debra led a U.S. Department of Education-funded partnership with the National Governors Association (NGA), working with governor-led teams on K-12 education reform and advanced policy changes in several states; managed Gates Foundation-funded programs to design and implement new models for secondary education; and administered a national NIH-funded effort to involve under-represented populations in the design of clinical trials. As a legislative assistant and committee administrator with the Minnesota Senate, she conducted policy research and managed legislative agendas on a wide range of issues. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.