Michelle Dallafior Senior Vice President

Michelle Dallafior has more than twenty-three years of experience in policy development, implementation and oversight in both the federal government’s legislative and executive branches advocating for social justice and public policy solutions that create pathways to opportunity for all families and youth.  Since leaving the federal government in early 2017, Michelle has been a strong advocate for prioritizing children in the federal budget process, improving tax provisions for working families with children, and increasing access to high-quality early childhood education.  Michelle is the Senior Vice President for Budget and Tax at First Focus and directs the Children’s Budget Coalition comprised of seventy participating member organizations.

In fifteen years on Capitol Hill, Michelle worked in several different positions covering a broad range of issues including, economic development, energy, healthcare, environmental justice, labor, criminal justice reform and appropriations.  She served as a Legislative Assistant to Senator John Glenn responsible for Great Lakes environmental and maritime policies and garnering bipartisan support for federal funding of Great Lakes protection programs.  She advised Congressman Ted Strickland for ten years as his Legislative Director, and ultimately Chief of Staff.  In those capacities, she set strategic goals and policy priorities, and oversaw the legislative and oversight activities for the Congressman who served as member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  After the 2006 election, Michelle joined the staff of the House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Energy where she managed a portfolio of energy-related topics including grid modernization, advancement of energy storage technologies, and emerging issues surrounding water management and power production. Michelle joined the Department of Energy (DOE) in 2009 where she advised two Assistant Secretaries on budgetary matters and legislative, political, and strategic initiatives to advance the Administration’s policy objectives and programmatic goals.

Michelle grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, now the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.  She also holds a certificate in Victim’s Advocacy and volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in the District of Columbia.

Resources by Michelle Dallafior


2021 is the Year to Prioritize Child Poverty Reduction

| January 14, 2021 |

2021 is off to an eventful start, full of tragedy and tumult, but also opportunity for progress with a new incoming Administration and Congress.


Key Stats on the Effect of COVID-19 on Kids

| November 19, 2020 |

The COVID-19 pandemic is doing more than exposing the racial, ethnic, and economic disparities existing in our society; it is compounding them, and so


A big chance for Congress to put kids first

| October 21, 2020 |

As Congress and the White House teeter on the edge of compromise for an overdue, additional emergency relief package, the coronavirus has claimed over


Congress Must Act Quickly to Pass Additional Relief for Struggling Children and Families

| August 10, 2020 |

Given recent spikes in COVID-19 caseloads, an economic crisis that continues to deepen, and an upcoming school year faced with daunting challenges, it is


Fact Sheet: Aid to Children and Families in the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800)

| May 22, 2020 |

As part of ongoing efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting economic crisis, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic


Fact Sheet: Aid to Children During Coronavirus Outbreak

| April 2, 2020 |

As the spread of the coronavirus has grown, the vulnerabilities within our system have become clear. Children and families living in poverty already lack


Coronavirus confirms why we need a national commitment to address child poverty and homelessness in the United States

| March 13, 2020 |

There is real momentum towards addressing the high rate of child poverty in the United States and the Coronavirus outbreak has only served to


Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s 2021 Budget on Children

| February 27, 2020 |

On February 10, 2020, President Trump released the administration’s Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) $4.8 trillion budget request. Once again, this administration’s budget proposal includes


Census says: Tax credits, SNAP and other benefit programs work. So let’s make them stronger.

| September 20, 2019 |

The U.S. Census Bureau released annual data on child poverty in the United States on September 10 that shows benefit programs are particularly effective


Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s 2020 Budget on Children

| March 22, 2019 |

President Trump’s $4.7 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 20) seeks massive cuts to critical programs that help children and families. The