Richelle Friedman joined the Coalition on Human Needs as director of public policy in April 2006. Richelle brings more than 16 years of legislative experience on a wide range of issues with the goal of strengthening the economic reality of low-income families. Before coming to CHN, Friedman worked at the Children’s Defense Fund, McAuley Institute, and NETWORK as a policy analyst and lobbyist. Prior to coming to D.C., she was a junior high and secondary school teacher. Richelle has a bachelor’s degree from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, and a master’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago.