DeAnn Friedholm Joins the Children's Defense Fund: Named Executive Director of CDF Texas
WASHINGTON, July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Children's Defense Fund (CDF) President and Founder Marian Wright Edelman recently announced the appointment of DeAnn Friedholm to Executive Director of CDF Texas. In this position, Friedholm will oversee and manage operations of CDF's three Texas offices in Houston, Austin, and McAllen, with a focus on improving the well-being of disadvantaged children. Friedholm joins CDF from Friedholm Consulting, a business she began five years ago to advise health care providers, state and local governments, and advocates on issues of health care access, systems, and financing. Prior to consulting for clients like the Texas March of Dimes and Americaid, she served as the Texas Medicaid Director and was appointed Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. "DeAnn Friedholm brings a wealth of experience and expertise to lead the efforts of our Texas offices," said Edelman. "Her extensive knowledge and understanding of health care and human services systems and her dedication to ensuring children and others in need receive the care, assistance, and services they deserve, will be tremendous assets for to the Children's Defense Fund." An active member in her community and professional organizations, Friedholm is co-chair of the Texas Children's Health Coalition. She also serves as chairwoman of the Barbara Jordan Congressional Fellows Committee in Washington, D.C. She has received with numerous awards for her work including the Texas Children's Hospital Association's Golden Bootie Award for her tireless efforts on behalf of children. Friedholm attended the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a Masters of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in government. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X31146627
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