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Policy Associate

Children's Defense Fund Oakland, CA

The Policy Associate is a key member of the Children’s Defense Fund- California (CDF-CA) team and works with… Glassdoor

14 days ago

21st Century Program Coordinator

Children's Defense Fund Saint Paul, MN

Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota (CDF-MN) is seeking a full-time Minnesota 21st Century Program Coordinator to lead our Freedom School sites located… Glassdoor

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Marian Wright Edelman
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    Great place to be from, internal politics can be challenging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Children's Defense Fund full-time (more than 3 years)


    Great cause, great president, and a great place to have on your resume. At CDF the staff is competent, intelligent, and really does care about the issues, and people really do feel like they're on a mission for a great cause, which is a nice feeling for those of us who do care about issues and causes. Salary was fine for non-profit life and work hours were standard.


    CDF can be a difficult place to work. There's often a lot of staff turnover for that reason. Marian is a visionary and larger than life leader. But she's also prone to change her mind, and sometimes she tries to shake the organization up a bit too much and too often. She also doesn't suffer what she sees as "failure," and what isn't always really failure. It's just a difficult place to work long term.

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    Somehow address the turnover problem and find a way to make people less fearful of management.

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