Tammy Mello
Executive Director

B.S., Westfield State College Westfield, Massachusetts

Certificate, Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership, Boston University School of Management Boston, Massachusetts

Tammy Mello serves as the Executive Director of CLM. Tammy 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.

Mello previously served as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, where she advises the administration on strategies to improve prevention, enhance support and demand accountability for perpetrators.  Prior to working in the Governor’s office, she served as the Director of Violence Prevention in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), where she was responsible for the development and coordination of domestic violence and sexual assault initiatives across EOHHS agencies.

Mello began her career as a social worker in 1992 at the Department of Social Services (DSS), now the Department of Children and Families, and has worked in the areas of child welfare and domestic violence both within the agency and at provider organizations.  After a stint as a Domestic Violence Specialist at DSS, Mello worked as the Director of Visitation Services and then Director of Community Services at Brockton Family and Community Resources.  She returned to DCF’s Domestic Violence Unit, first as a Program Coordinator and then as Director, before moving to her position at the Governor’s office.

Mello has also received the 2011 Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance Award and the 2016 Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women Unsung Heroine Award in recognition of her wonderful work within her various positions.

Tammy and her husband Bill live on the South Shore with their family.

Contact Tammy:  Tammy@childrensleague.org

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, their children, and their Guatemalan rescue dog, Pepe.

Contact Kathryn: Kathryn@childrensleague.org


Shayna Parker
Operations and Public Policy  Specialist

B.A.,  Brandeis University

Shayna is the Operations and Public Policy Specialist at Children’s League of MA. Before joining CLM, Shayna held similar Operations roles at several local social justice nonprofits, providing critical logistical support and operations expertise.

She got her start as an intern and later Operations Manager with The CSPH, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing sexual health education, therapy, advocacy, and professional training for adults. Since leaving The CSPH, Shayna has maintained a close relationship in her capacities volunteer, donor, and advocate. In 2017 she received a Partners in Philanthropy award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, RI Chapter, recognizing her efforts supporting The CSPH’s mission.

Shayna’s most recent professional experience stems from her time as the primary operations staff member at Political Research Associates (PRA), a nonprofit think-tank based out of Somerville providing critical investigative research and analysis on the U.S. Right to support social justice advocates and defend human rights.

Shayna currently lives in Brighton but can often be found playing Ultimate Frisbee with her team, Nerd Alert, in various fields around the Boston Metro area.

Contact Shayna at: shayna@childrensleague.org


Spring Interns 

Sara Mitchell,
Policy & Communications Intern
Sara is currently a sophomore at Simmons University majoring in sociology and economics and minoring in public policy and sustainability. Her interests include education, infrastructure, and how social systems can be made more equitable.
Sara loves working for CLM and getting to know more about public policy and the Massachusetts legislature. In her free time, she participates in student government and enjoys exploring Boston on the T. 

Shira Davidson,
Policy & Communications Intern

Shira is currently in her third year at Brandeis University pursuing a degree in Philosophy and Anthropology but is originally from the Bay Area of California.

She is working towards a career in public policy with the aim of investing in and supporting children and families, and she is thrilled for the opportunity to engage in this work with CLM. In her free time, Shira is a sexual health and wellness educator, avid ultimate frisbee player and an eager New England tourist.


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