Bruce Lesley President

Mr. Lesley has more than 25 years of public policy experience at all levels of government and a demonstrated commitment to making children’s lives better. Lesley directs all aspects of policy development and internal operations at First Focus.

In 12 years on Capitol Hill, Lesley worked on health care, education, human services, and immigration issues in several different capacities. Prior to his work at First Focus, he served as Senior Health Policy Advisor on the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. He also worked for U.S. Senator Bob Graham on the Senate Finance Committee, served as minority Chief of Staff for the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and was a legislative aide in the offices of U.S. Representatives Ronald Coleman and Diana DeGette.

In addition to public service at the federal level, Lesley worked at the state and county levels of government on health and human services policy for Texas State Representative Mary Polk, El Paso County Judge Pat F. O’Rourke, and Texas Governor Ann Richards in the Texas Office of State-Federal Relations in Washington, D.C.

Lesley has also worked in the healthcare sector as the Director of Congressional Relations for the Children's Hospitals of America (also known as the National Association of Children’s Hospitals) and as Director of Government Relations for University Medical Center, a public hospital in El Paso, Texas. Lesley holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland University College, in College Park, Maryland. He also attended the University of Texas at El Paso and University of Texas at Austin.

Bruce resides in Maryland with his wife and four children.

Resources by Bruce Lesley

Shortchanging Our Children, Our Schools, and Our Future

| October 7, 2016 |

Medium By Bruce Lesley 10/7/16 In a new report by the Urban Institute entitled Kids’ Share 2016, the authors found that state and local

Kids in the Presidential Campaigns: How the Front-runners Stack Up on Children’s Issues

| October 7, 2016 |

YouthToday By Allen Fennewald 9/7/16 James Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media, sent a letter Wednesday to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC

Medicaid Per Capita Caps: A Terrible Twist on a Bad Idea

| September 18, 2016 |

Huffington Post By Bruce Lesley 9/18/16 For 35 years now, Medicaid has had to fend off repeated efforts to slash its funding by converting

Congress May Be at Recess, but Advocates Still Hard at Work

| September 6, 2016 |

Youth Today By Allen Fennewald 9/6/2016 When Congress adjourns for recess, youth welfare advocates often take a break during the summer. However, with the presidential

Twenty years after its enactment, TANF has lost its buying power

| August 18, 2016 |

Washington – Once intended to be the nation’s most innovative anti-poverty program, the only federal cash assistance program designed to help lift families out

Advocacy Groups: Child Poverty Being Ignored In Presidential Campaign

| July 27, 2016 |

News Talk 94.9 WSJM 7/27/16 As the presidential campaigns ramp up, some experts are concerned the issue of child poverty is being ignored. Child

Experts: Unimproved Child Poverty Rates Ignored by Presidential Candidates

| July 26, 2016 |

KIOW Mix 107.3-FM By AJ Taylor 7/26/16 The percentage of children living in poverty has not improved much since the Great Recession. In Iowa,

Child Advocates Say Presidential Campaigns Ignoring Children in Ohio, Nation

| July 25, 2016 |

Public News Service 7/25/106 CLEVELAND – As the presidential campaigns ramp up, some experts say one of the country’s biggest black eyes is being

Children’s Advocates Say Candidates Ignore Child Poverty Crisis

| July 25, 2016 |

Public News Service 7/25/16 RICHMOND, Va. – Given how little attention it’s getting from candidates, children in poverty is a hidden crisis, say advocates.

Presidential Candidates Silent On Child Poverty

| July 25, 2016 |

Public News Service 7/25/16 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — At the conventions and on the campaign trail, Floridians are hearing plenty from both presidential candidates, but