Mary Wachtel, Director of Public PolicyMary Wachtel
has a long career in child and family advocacy.Mary joined Voices for Children of Greater Cleveland in January 2005 as Director of Public Policy and is based in Columbus.
In this capacity, Mary
directs and coordinates Voices
' public policy agenda in conjunction with the organization's Public Policy Partners and colleague organizations.Current priorities include child health, child safety, education, and family economic security. She
was hired as the Children Defense Fund-Ohio's
first Health Advocate in 1994, a position she
held through 2001.During her
tenure, priorities included expanding health coverage for low-income children, families, and pregnant women, and increasing enrollment in public health insurance programs. Mary served as Deputy Director of CDF-Ohio from 2002 through 2004.As Deputy Director, she managed day-to-day operations and was responsible for overall fiscal and administrative operations, grants management, development, and human resources.
In addition, she
was responsible for assessing and determining CDF-Ohio
's policy opportunities and priorities.Mary
has worked for other non-profit organizations, including as Executive Director of the Forum for Faith
in the Workplace (Columbus, Ohio), as Program Director for the Association of Junior Leagues International
(New York, New York), as Assistant Director, Northeast Region, for the U.S. Committee for UNICEF (New York, New York), and Bread for the World (Saint Louis).Mary holds an MSW from Washington University in Saint Louis and a BA from the University of Akron (Honors Scholar).Mary
also holds a certificate in Education for Ministry from the Episcopal Seminary of the South
, Sewanee, Tennessee.Mary
grew up in Coshocton County, Ohio.Her
parents still live on the farm that has been in her
mother's family for well over 100 years. Mary
and her husband, John Starkie, live in Columbus and are the parents of two young children, Sophia (born 2001) and Wyatt (born 2004).
With two young children in child care, Mary
has a personal appreciation for early childhood care and education advocacy.