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Bharti Wahi, right, pictured with Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton, left, and State Sen. Katie Sieben (DFL-54), center, a the State Capitol on May 17, 2016. (Photo by Ashley Erickson)
Bharti Wahi, right, pictured with Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton, left, and State Sen. Katie Sieben (DFL-54), center, a the State Capitol on May 17, 2016. (Photo by Ashley Erickson)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 21, 2016) — Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota welcomed new Executive Director Bharti Wahi to the team on May 16. Wahi helped kick off the Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave rally at the state capitol the following day, promoting one of CDF-MN’s top legislative priorities.

Wahi 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.

Wahi 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. What previously 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,” Wahi said. “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.”

Wahi can be contacted at [email protected].

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