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Coalition on Human Needs
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Washington, DC 20036
202.223.2532 (phone)
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General Inquiries: Contact Melissa Roark at mroark@chn.org

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CHN Staff

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Deborah Weinstein | dweinstein@chn.org

Executive Director

Deborah Weinstein came to the Coalition on Human Needs as its new executive director in June of 2003. Debbie brings over thirty years of advocacy experience to CHN on a wide range of issues at both the state and federal level.

Prior to coming to CHN, Weinstein served for nine years as director of the Family Income division of the Children’s Defense Fund. At CDF she worked on policy strategies to lift children and theirfamilies out of poverty, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), child support, jobs and wages, housing, nutrition, unemployment insurance, and equitable tax policy.

From 1983 to 1993, Weinstein was executive director of the Massachusetts Human Services Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy organization made up of human service providers, religious organizations, labor, and advocacy groups and focusing on the needs of Massachusetts people, especially those with limited income.

Weinstein has been the recipient of many awards from human services and advocacy groups. She has a Master of Social Work degree from San Diego State University.
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Richelle Friedman | rfriedman@chn.org

Director of Public Policy

Richelle Friedman, PBVM, joined the Coalition on Human Needs as director of public policy in April, 2006. Richelle has over 20 years of legislative experience on a wide range of issues with the goal of strengthening the economic reality of low-income families. Before coming to CHN, Friedman worked at the Children’s Defense Fund, McAuley Institute and NETWORK as a policy analyst and lobbyist. Prior to coming to DC, she was a junior high and secondary school teacher. Richelle has a bachelor’s degree from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa and a master’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago.
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David Elliot | delliot@chn.org

Communications Director

David Elliot has 20 years of experience engaging in communications advocacy in the nonprofit world. He served as communications director for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (2001-2008); for USAction (2008-2013); and most recently for Fair Share, a part of The Public Interest Network.

Prior to his career in nonprofit advocacy, David worked as a newspaper reporter in the state capitol bureau of the Austin American-Statesman. He covered state politics and the Texas Legislature. He was recognized for outstanding coverage by the Associated Press Managing Editors Convention for his article A Day in the Death of Inmate No. 918, an eyewitness account of an execution in Texas. He also was honored by the Center for Public Policy Priorities and the Texas State Conference of NAACP Branches. When he isn’t working, David enjoys reading historical fiction, travelling to warm and sunny locales, and following his beloved Texas Longhorns and Washington Nationals.
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Lecia Imbery | limbery@chn.org

Senior Policy Writer

Lecia has over 14 years of experience in advocacy, civic engagement, volunteer management, fundraising and program management in the nonprofit field. Prior to joining CHN, Lecia managed federal and state grassroots advocacy campaigns at the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of University Women.

Before coming to DC in 2006, Lecia worked for nonprofits and engineering firms in San Francisco and Chicago. In addition to her commitment to social and economic justice issues, Lecia is an avid animal lover and volunteers at the Washington Animal Rescue League. Lecia has degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois.
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Melissa Roark | mroark@chn.org

Communications Associate

Melissa Roark joined the Coalition on Human Needs in March 2016 after completing two years of AmeriCorps at D.C. Hunger Solutions, an initiative of the Food Research and Action Center. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College in 2012 with a degree in Politics and Food Policy, Melissa returned to Washington, D.C, her hometown, to work on improving healthy food access for low-income populations.

She enjoys reading, traveling, and exploring the outdoors and can usually be found on a hiking trail on the weekends.