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Coalition on Human Needs
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 312
Washington, DC 20036
202.223.2532 (phone)
202.223.2538 (fax)

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CHN Staff

Deborah Weinstein |

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.
Richelle Friedman |

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.
Kelly Wilkins |

Outreach and Field Manager

Kelly Wilkins came to the Coalition on Human Needs in October 2013. Kelly has 7 years of grassroots organizing in the community. She is an ordained minister and serves as the Minister for Social Justice at Covenant Baptist UCC in Washington DC and a strategy team leader for the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN). Kelly was the Cluster Coordinator for the Court Services & Supervision Agency (CSOSA) Faith-Based Initiative and was appointed by Mayor Gray to chair the Commission on Reentry and Returning Citizens Affairs. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Governors State University and a Master’s of Divinity with a concentration in Urban Ministries from Wesley Theological Seminary.
Mackenzie Tudor |

Communications Associate

Mackenzie Tudor joined the Coalition on Human Needs in November 2013. After graduating from Stanford in 2011, Mackenzie worked as a Marketing Specialist for an online start-up offering senior care and housing assistance. She moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue her desire to work in public interest advocacy. Before coming to CHN, Mackenzie worked at a juvenile justice policy organization, the Campaign for Youth Justice, where she utilized her communications and research background as a Government Relations Fellow. She enjoys working with youth, and has served as a tutor, coach, and mentor to low-income youth since high school.