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Welcome Patrick Bresette!

A leader in policy and advocacy for more than 23 years, frequent public speaker and national advisor, Patrick Bresette joined Children's Defense Fund as Texas Executive Director on December 1st. He brings a broad understanding of how to work with and within the public sector to create positive social change for children and families.

Most recently Patrick was Executive Director of Public Works, where from 2004-2014 he helped to transform and build public will for the common good by engaging more Americans in an active pursuit of a government that works for all.

Read more and join us in welcoming Patrick Bresette to CDF-Texas!

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