Margaret Brodkin’s leadership has transformed the landscape
for children in San Francisco
Margaret is recognized as the “Mother of the San Francisco Children’s Fund,” a $50 million annual fund that made San Francisco the first city in the country to provide local dedicated funding for children.
Margaret is a trained group worker, held a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) certification for 25 years, and has had experience as an individual and group counselor in child welfare and mental health settings.
Margaret Brodkin has dedictaed her life to advocating on behalf of Children.
As Director of Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth in San Francisco, California for 26 years, Margaret turned a small community organization into an influential powerhouse for kids and a national model for creating a diverse and lasting local children’s movement.
She then was appointed Director of San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth & Their Families where she managed s $100 million plus budget. She transformed the department into a hub of innovation, accountability, policy leadership and community engagement on behalf of children.
As the Director of New Day for Learning – an intermediary partnership organization Margaret launched San Francisco’s community school initiative, resulting in the institutionalization of community schools as a centerpiece of the San Francisco Unified School District education reforms.
Margaret has since Founded Margaret Brodkin & Associates
Margaret’s latest venture is a project to promote local dedicated funding streams for children, youth and families throughout California. The initiative, called “Funding the Next Generation,” is being sponsored by the First 5 Association of California, in collaboration with seven other state-wide children’s organizations. Through this innovative endeavor, Margaret is sharing the lessons of a lifetime with communities throughout the state, and developing a unique network of children’s budget advocates and a composite of information about the reallocation of resources at the local level.
Margaret believes that we must increase investments in our children and youth, not only because it is our moral obligation, but because it is essential to our country’s future economic well-being and social stability. There is much that can be done at the local level to increase resources available to children, and to ensure that children, youth and families become an ongoing community priority. This project will provide the support needed for communities to enact measures that create sustainable funding for services, such as early childhood education, family support, youth development, health, after-school and violence prevention. There are many reasons to look to the local level to increase sustainable funding for children, youth and families: Many cities and counties have not explored the local revenue options that have demonstrated success around the country. Greater flexibility and creativity is possible at the local level, as well as greater potential to mobilize a motivated constituency. People are more willing to support funding when they can see the direct impact of that support. Furthermore, the devolution of policy from the federal and state level makes work at the local level even more compelling. It is where policy affecting children is implemented and where the building blocks of a state and national movement are created.
What people are saying about Margaret Brodkin
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Thank you Margaret for all you do for Children!