Welcome, new CDF-MN Executive Director, Bharti Wahi!

We are delighted to announce that on May 16, 2016 Bharti Wahi will be joining the Children’s Defense Fund as the new Executive Director of CDF-Minnesota. She brings 20 years of professional experience as an advocate in the nonprofit world and more than a dozen years in education: her strengths include strategic planning, program and project management, collaborations and community partnerships, and budget development and financial management. Bharti comes directly from the Greater Twin Cities United Way where she served as a Senior Program Manager of Reading By Third Grade, Women United Early Literacy and Women’s Financial Stability and Spotlight grant portfolios. Previously Bharti led the Children and Family Program for the Minnesota Literacy Council for five years, building the home visiting program and revising the parent engagement curriculum. “I am thrilled to serve with the Children’s Defense Fund,” said Bharti, “I am eager to continue to advance the hard-fought progress to change the odds for all of Minnesota’s children. Children’s education is my passion and I believe strong parent and community engagement is key to ensuring children thrive.”​