As our nation finds itself immersed in a new movement to end racial and economic injustice, we are thrilled to announce the Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson as the next President and CEO of the Children’s Defense Fund.
Dr. Wilson is a national thought leader in racial justice, community organizing, and movement building. He is a champion for children’s rights and has a longstanding relationship with the Children’s Defense Fund, having led the effort to bring the CDF Freedom Schools literacy and empowerment program to serve children and families in the St. Louis area and serving as a leader of the annual CDF Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry.
In the wake of the 2014 shooting of teenager Michael Brown, Dr. Wilson co-chaired the Ferguson Commission, which released the ‘Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity’ report calling for sweeping changes in policing, the criminal justice system, child well-being and economic mobility.
Marian Wright Edelman brought Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision to the movement to end child poverty. Now, as we enter a new chapter of the struggle for equality and justice in America, we’re incredibly honored to follow the leadership of Dr. Wilson to guarantee the rights of all children.
Dr. Wilson began his tenure as President and CEO in December 2020.
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