Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director for the Coalition on Human Needs
Deborah has over 30 years of advocacy experience on a wide range of issues at both the state and federal level. Prior to joining CHN, Weinstein served for nine years as director of the Family Income division of the Children’s Defense Fund. At CDF she worked on policy strategies to lift children and their families out of poverty, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), child support, jobs and wages, housing, nutrition, unemployment insurance, and equitable tax policy.
Greg Kaufmann, Author of “This Week in Poverty” for The Nation Magazine
Greg is a Nation contributor living in Washington, D.C. His work has also appeared on Common Dreams, AlterNet, Tikkun.org, NPR.org, and CBS News.com. He previously worked as a staffer for the Kerry campaign, a copywriter and speechwriter for various Democrats in national and local politics, and as a screenwriter.
Candy Whirley, Co-Author of “Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Success”
Candy is a past President and former Board Member of the Kansas City Chapter of the National Speakers Association. You may recognize Candy as a former Kansas City Chiefs Chiefette or performer at Starlight Theater in Kansas City. As a professional speaker and humorist, she combines light-hearted training techniques with more than 20 years of experience helping professionals improve their job performance and achieve their personal goals.
Joel Blackwell, Former Editor for the Miami Herald and Author of “Keep on Voting”
Joel was an award-winning editor for 10 years before becoming a grass roots consultant. He is the author of “Keep on Voting After the Election” the manual used across the country for advocacy results. He has worked for associations and corporations in 47 states and Washington DC, helping them get out their message to public, politicians and media.