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Our team has extensive experience as thought leaders in the child savings accounts movement. If you are a member of the media and are interested in interviewing one of our experts, please contact Kristin Lawton, Director of Communications, via email or by calling 202.207.0137.

Robert (Bob) Friedman, Founder and Senior Strategic Advisor

Robert (Bob) Friedman, Founder and Senior Strategic Advisor

Robert (Bob) Friedman is the Founder and senior strategic advisor to the 1:1 Fund. He also founded CFED in 1979 and continues as CFED’s Chair of the Board and General Counsel. Bob’s most recent focus has been the launch of the 1:1 Fund, Bob was also an instrumental leader in the Saving for Education, Entrepreneurship and Downpayment (SEED) program, an initiative to create an inclusive system of children’s saving accounts in the United States.

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Carl Rist, Senior Director

Carl Rist, Senior Director

Carl Rist is the Senior Director of the Children's Savings team at CFED, which oversees the 1:1 Fund.

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Monica Copeland, Senior Program Manager

Monica Copeland, Senior Program Manager

Monica Copeland is a Senior Program Manager on the Children’s Savings team. In this role, she manages the operations of the 1:1 Fund, leads the planning and execution of learning events, and coordinates the team’s communications work.

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Diego Quezada, Program Associate

Diego Quezada, Program Associate

Diego Quezada is a Program Associate with the Children’s Savings and Entrepreneurship teams. He provides research, writing and event-planning support for the 1:1 Fund, the Campaign for Every Kids Future and the Entrepreneurship team.

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Kristin Lawton, Director of Communications

Kristin Lawton, Director of Communications

Kristin Lawton is the Director of Communications for the CFED, where she leads the public relations and online communications for the organization, including media relations; CFED’s website, www.cfed.org, and other sites under CFED’s purview; and social marketing and social media efforts.

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Jocelyn Harmon, Chief Philanthropy Officer

Jocelyn Harmon, Chief Philanthropy Officer

Jocelyn Harmon is CFED’s Chief Philanthropy Officer. Prior to joining CFED, Ms. Harmon was vice president of development for the Global Fund for Children, an international grant-making organization, where she led a multi-faceted, multi-million dollar fundraising effort.

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