Erin G. Bradley
Executive Director
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B.A., Campbell University; M.Cert., University of Massachusetts, Boston

Erin G. Bradley serves as the Executive Director of CLM. Erin works in collaboration with CLM’s Board and its Executive and Public Policy committees, and the many CLM Task Forces to advance the mission of CLM.  She works closely with the Legislature and Administration to achieve CLM’s public policy priorities. Prior to being named Executive Director, Erin served for 18 months as the Associate Director.

On July 1, 2012, Erin assumed the role of National Commissioner for the Child Welfare League of America’s (CWLA) National Commission for Children’s Public Policy. Erin also serves as a Board Member of the Massachusetts Health Council, Rise Above and is a member of the Child Welfare/Juvenile Justice Leadership Committee and the Massachusetts Kids Count Advisory Council. She has been appointed by the Governor to the Task Force to Protect Massachusetts Children Against Sexual Abuse and the Children’s Behavior Health Advisory Council.

Prior to her work at CLM, Erin was the coordinator for the Children’s Mental Health Campaign (CMHC). She also served as a policy analyst for Massachusetts State Senator Karen E. Spilka, is a past elected Board Member of the National Organization for Women (NOW) representing the seven states in the Northeast Region and was the former co-president of the Massachusetts Chapter of NOW.

In her short tenure with Senator Spilka, Erin worked to achieve several key legislative accomplishments including the Senate version of the Child Abuse, Neglect and Foster Care bill that was signed into law in 2008 which established the Office of the Child Advocate; opened original birth certificates for a majority of adopted persons in Massachusetts; corrected the definition of for-profit adoptions; established Baby Safe Havens throughout the state; and worked on multiple Federal Child Welfare Compliance Guidelines for the Commonwealth.

Erin’s ultimate legislative accomplishment to date is her work and dedication to reform the juvenile justice system of the Massachusetts Children in Need of Services (CHINS) statute, which was signed into law on August 6, 2012, after seven years of drafting and advocacy. Erin continues to monitor and work with the many stakeholders on the implementation of the new Families and Children Engaged in Services (FACES) law.

Prior to working in the public sector, Erin worked as a newspaper photojournalist. She was the assistant photo editor at the Chicago Sun-Times and covered the 9/11 terrorist attacks in NYC as a photographer for the Boston Herald.

Erin currently lives on the South Shore with her wife, Audrey; their blended family of four children Carolyn, Shae, Bobby and Lauren; a rescue lab, Kennedy; and cat, Woody.

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Alexandra Hurley
Operations Manager

B.S., Providence College

The Children’s League of Massachusetts (CLM), a statewide non-profit association that advocates for public policies and quality services for children, youth and families, has hired Alexandra Hurley of Easton as Operations Manager.

Alexandra comes to CLM from member agency The Key Program, Inc., a human service agency providing mental health and family services, where she served as Fundraising and Event Planner.  Previous to work with Key, Hurley interned at the American Lung Association and Scoreboard Enterprises.

A Providence College graduate, Hurley spent a semester at Florence University of the Arts in Italy, and served as a Habitat for Humanity leader in 2013 and Relay for Life Team leader in 2014.  She is also an avid photographer, and studies Italian in her free time.

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Kathryn Cohen
Director of Public Policy

B.A. Brown University, J.D. Suffolk University Law School and George Washington University Law School

Kathryn is the Director of Policy and responsible for managing CLM’s overall legislative agenda.

Prior to her work at CLM, Kathryn was the Central American Regional Liaison for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) a US NGO focused on providing legal counsel to child immigrants from the Northern Triangle (Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala). As KIND’s Regional Representative, she persuaded human rights officials, judges and other NGOs to develop and implement laws to help deported children reintegrate safely back into society.

Kathryn was formerly a Legislative & Policy Counsel at the Treatment Advocacy Center in Washington, D.C. where she worked with legislatures across the country to remove barriers to mental health treatment including Massachusetts, California, Virginia and Kentucky. She also worked for New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez on Capitol Hill working on healthcare reform and for Project Bread, a non-profit hunger organization, where she successfully advocated for universal breakfast programs in low-income schools across Massachusetts.

Prior to her policy work, Kathryn was a pro bono attorney helping low-income residents in Massachusetts with guardianship, immigration and housing cases. Kathryn has also worked as an attorney at the White House Office of General Counsel.

Kathryn lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with her husband, Matt and their Guatemalan rescue dog, Pepe.

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Heather Dearborn
Project Coordinator for TAYC

M.P.H., Boston University

Heather is CLM’s newest addition to the team, as Project Coordinator for the Transition Age Youth Coalition. Heather will be overseeing the development and expansion of this new CLM coalition.

Heather is wrapping up her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Policy and Management from Boston University and is expected to graduate January 2017. Her background is diverse, as she has recently interned at Massachusetts Public Health Association where she got a jump start on MA policy priorities.

Prior to MPHA, Heather came to Boston from Austin, TX, where she worked as a Health Care Policy Intern with the Children’s Defense Fund- TX, a not-for-profit organization committed to raising awareness about the needs of Texas children. In this role, she assisted on grant proposals, monitored legislative committees, and helped with the execution of advocacy-related activities. She also spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA at a state-wide public health social cause non-profit as a Project Development Coordinator. She ensured the advancement of the programs department by developing and training community leaders within institutions and organizations that in turn help build healthier communities. She collaborated with a team to write a program manual, disseminate an outreach plan, and researched and gathered data on how to effectively spread programs across the state of Texas.She spends a lot of her time exploring the city and surrounding areas. Heather can be found rowing on the Charles several times a week or checking out the live music scene!

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