Diedra Henry-Spires

Diedra Henry-Spires

Chief Executive Officer

As the head of the Dalton Daley Group, Ms. Henry-Spires leverages her experience on Capitol Hill to improve the lives of children, families, and communities through education and advocacy. She is a former professional staff member for human services and income security for United States Senate Committee on Finance. Ms. Henry-Spires began her tenure at the Senate Finance Committee in 2006 as a Brookings Institute LEGIS fellow and concluded her tenure in March of 2014.   Prior to that, she served for 10 years at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she was the principal Public Health Advisor on Violence Against Women for the Office on Women’s Health.  Her legislative accomplishments include: being one of the architects of health care reform and positioning home visiting policy (MIECHV) in the Affordable Care Act, as well as, the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) initiative; and collaborating on The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University and received certification in Delivery System Reform from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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M.J. Spires, Thd.

M.J. Spires, Thd.

Executive Director, Chairman of the Board

Mr. Spires brings a wealth of governmental experience in the areas of child welfare, gun violence prevention, military, and foreign affairs.  He has demonstrated expertise in real-time social and health policy navigation, implementation, and development. Mr. Spires is a former Distinguished Professor with the National Black Alcoholism and Addictions Institute in conjunction with Cork Institute of Medicine, Morehouse College.

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Judge Patricia M. Martin

Judge Patricia M. Martin

Board Member

Patricia M. Martin is Presiding Judge of the Child Protection Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill., a position she has held since 2000. She has introduced innovative new programs that have received media attention and that jurisdictions across the country have duplicated. During her tenure as Presiding Judge, the Child Protection Division’s caseload has declined from over 27,000 cases to fewer than 7,000 cases, a reduction of over 56%. In addition to performing her administrative duties, Judge Martin continues to hear complex and high profile cases in the Child Protection Division. She is the stalwart proponent of Bridging the Gaps.

Ann Cammack, J.D.

Ann Cammack, J.D.

Board Member

Ann is a principal with Ernst and Young.LLP. She is our board’s most ardent supporter of the Education Enhancements Initiative. She has brought a quiver of experience in both the private and government sectors covering her focus on tax and compliance issues. She previously worked for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Senator Baucus, advising on issues such as insurance, financial products, retirement and pension issues, tax administration, IRS oversight, and tax practice and procedure. She worked on matters regarding the budget and deficit reduction, and participated in drafting tax legislative initiatives, including tax reform efforts, the 2012 Fiscal Cliff legislation and the 2011 Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction. Ann held executive positions at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and the American Council of Life Insurers. In addition, she worked on insurance tax issues at the US Treasury Department in the Office of Tax Policy, and before that she worked as an attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel at the IRS. She also held positions at PwC and Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan in Washington. She received her AB from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and earned her JD from Washington and Lee University School of Law. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and an associate member of the Virginia State Bar.

Philan Tree

Philan Tree

Board Member

Philan is Towering House clan and born for Edgewater Clan. She is originally from Tolani Lake Arizona located on the Navajo Reservation.  Philan is an alum of the Coconino Rural Environment Corps, which is now a program of Arizona Conservation Corps and Conservation Legacy.  She served two terms as an AmeriCorps Mentor and was selected as one of The Corps Network’s 2012 National Corpsmembers of the Year.   She currently serves on the Opportunity Youth Network’s National Council of Young Leaders and is the Chair of the Native American Parent Advisory Committee for Flagstaff Unified School District.

Michelle L. Chin, Ph.D.

Michelle L. Chin, Ph.D.

Board Member

Michelle L. Chin is the Academic Director for the Archer Center. She teaches the undergraduate policymaking class for the Archer Center, a class she has taught since fall 2014. Previously, she was senior researcher and policy analyst at the Learning Policy Institute. She is a former congressional staffer, working for more than eight years as an education policy advisor for U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas, and for four years as a policy advisor for U.S. Representative Joe Barton of Texas. She was assistant professor of Political Science at Arizona State University and served as program director of the Arizona State University Capitol Scholars Program.

​Dr. Chin earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in political science from Texas A&M University. She has a B.S. in political economy from Andrews University.

Maella Spires − Policy Associate   |   Mela Lane − Executive Assistant   |   Nadia Lizarazu − Policy Assistant     Sarah Muir − Communications