Philly native named directo of Public Citizens for Children and Youth

    With Shelly Yanoff stepping down as head of the Public Citizens for Children and Youth after 26 years, the child-advocacy nonprofit needed a successor.

    The organization and its board announced today that Philly native Donna Cooper will be Yanoff’s successor.

    “We’re delighted to welcome a successor to Shelly who possesses such passion for improving children’s lives, such deep knowledge of the Philadelphia region, and years of experience working effectively on behalf of children’s policies,” board chair Carolyn Adams said in a prepared statement.

    Cooper is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progess, spent eight years as Pennsylvania’s secretary of policy and planning, and three years are Philadelphia’s deputy mayor for policy and planning.

    And yes, she’s got child-advocacy chops. Cooper designed the Greater Philadelphia Works program for single mothers on welfare, created the Pennsylvania Cover All Kids program and founded Good Schools Pennsylvania.

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