Melanie Hartzog

Melanie Hartzog is Executive Director of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF). Previously the Family Services Coordinator in the New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Hartzog brings to CDF a powerful mix of senior policy experience, an engaging vision of smart collaboration, and a passion for making a difference in the lives of New York’s children. Hartzog is also Project Director for the Young Men’s Initiative, a bold and innovative public/private partnership aimed at reducing disparities between economic and social outcomes of young men of color and other demographic groups in New York City.