Bruce Lesley President

Mr. Lesley has more than 30 years of public policy experience at all levels of government and a demonstrated commitment to improving the lives and well-being of children. Lesley has served for 13 years as the president of First Focus on Children and directs policy development and internal operations at the organization. He also serves as an assistant high school girls basketball coach in Montgomery County, Maryland.

During his 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 on Children, 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 Hospital Association (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 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 has four adult children.

Resources by Bruce Lesley


Letter: The first — and next — 100 days

| May 4, 2021 |

First Focus on Children sent the following letter to President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris congratulating them on the achievements of their


The Fight to End Child Poverty: A Conversation with Rep. Rosa DeLauro

| April 20, 2021 |

Join us on April 21st at 3:15 pm ET for a conversation with Rep. Rosa DeLauro — the chair of the House Appropriations Committee,


This is Our Moment — an announcement.

| April 15, 2021 |

I firmly believe that this is our moment. I don’t need to explain to any of you how bad things have been — this past


Cutting Child Poverty in Half Is Historic

| March 16, 2021 |

Children in the wealthiest nation in the world should not be living in poverty. And yet, 1 in 6 children in the United States


The American Rescue plan puts us on a pathway to end child poverty within a generation if…

| March 11, 2021 |

Moments ago, President Biden signed legislation that will do more to improve the lives of children than any other law in nearly 25 years.


Promises to Keep: A Historic Moment to Cut Child Poverty

| February 11, 2021 |

No child should live in poverty in a country with the wealth of ours. Yet, there were 12 million children in the United States living


More than ever, we need Champions for Children — these are policymakers meeting the moment

| February 4, 2021 |

Our nation’s children face multiple challenges to their well-being stemming from years of a declining share of federal investments in their future, the COVID-19


An open letter to President Biden and Vice President Harris From America’s children

| January 20, 2021 |

Dear President Biden and Vice President Harris: Congratulations on rising to our nation’s highest offices. We’ve been talking to America’s children about what the


Comments on Indiana’s Section 1115 waiver to expand postpartum Medicaid coverage

| December 9, 2020 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to the Department of Health and Human Services supporting the expansion of postpartum Medicaid coverage. Excerpt


Comments on the Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely Rule

| December 7, 2020 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to the Department of Health and Human Services urging them to immediately withdraw the proposed “Regulations