Coalition on Human Needs
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
General Inquiries: Contact Melissa Roark at firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive DirectorDeborah 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.
Director of Public PolicyRichelle 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.
Communications DirectorDavid 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.
Outreach and Field ManagerKelly 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.
Senior Policy WriterLecia 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.
Communications AssociateMelissa 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.