Sister Richelle Friedman is Director of Public Policy at the Coalition on Human Needs, in Washington, D.C. The Coalition promotes public policies that address the needs of low-income people and other vulnerable groups. It is an alliance of national organizations including civil rights, religious, labor, and professional organizations, service providers, and others concerned with the well-being of children, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
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Sister Richelle Friedman, PBVM, is Director of Public Policy at the Coalition on Human Needs in Washington, D.C. She has over 30 years of legislative experience on a wide range of issues, with the goal of strengthening the economic reality of low-income families. Her recent work with the Coalition includes efforts to advance the American Rescue Plan, a coronavirus relief package with help for millions of families living in poverty.
Prior to the Coalition, Sister Richelle worked as a policy analyst and lobbyist at the Children’s Defense Fund, McAuley Institute, and NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby. Sister Richelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies. She was born in Iowa and was raised on the family farm. She is a member of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Dubuque, Iowa.