Michele Kayal Vice President, Media and Communications

Michele Kayal is an award-winning journalist who has covered everything from post-Communist Europe to country music cookbooks for the New York Times, Associated Press, NPR and other national outlets. As a “recovering reporter” she now deploys her media and communications skills on behalf of the children served by First Focus and First Focus Campaign for Children.

Before joining First Focus, Michele spent three years leading communications for Relief International, a $100 million humanitarian organization providing refugee assistance in 16 countries. For more on Michele’s background, please visit her LinkedIn profile.  

Resources by Michele Kayal


Press Release: 120 Lawmakers Prioritize Children

| May 8, 2019 |

First Focus Campaign for Children 2018 Congressional Scorecard ranks child protectors 2018 was a terrible year for children. It was the year they were


Statement: First Focus Campaign for Children Calls on Administration to “Do No Harm”

| April 10, 2019 |

It’s hard to believe we’re here again. Apparently, the inhumane treatment enforced by the Department of Homeland Security under departing Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was