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


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


Letter: We must ensure that this historic public health pandemic does not threaten our children’s future

| August 10, 2020 |

First Focus Campaign for Children sent the following letter to Congressional leaders in both houses with a set of recommendations to address the needs


How to fight child poverty in the wake of COVID-19

| May 4, 2020 |

Every facet of the lives of children and families are being disrupted during this historic public health and economic crisis. Unfortunately, both their short-term


Highlights From the Fiscal Year 2020 Spending Packages

| January 9, 2020 |

On December 17, 2019, the President signed into law two spending packages that cover all twelve annual appropriations bills, funding hundreds of federal agencies,


Undercounting Kids in the 2020 Census Has Harmful and Long-lasting Consequences: A Primer on the Dangers of an Inaccurate Census

| November 15, 2019 |

First Focus on Children’s 13th annual Children’s Budget publication offers a comprehensive analysis of how kids and families have been faring in the federal