CDF-Texas Welcomes New Executive Director, Patrick Bresette

Statement from Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman, CDF-Texas Board Chair J. Michael Treviño, and CDF National Board Vice Chair Lan Bentsen Welcoming Patrick Bresette as CDF-Texas Executive Director

With great pleasure and anticipation we announce that Patrick Bresette joins the Children’s Defense Fund today as the new Texas executive director. Patrick brings with him more than 23 years of leadership in policy and advocacy and a broad understanding of how to work with and within the public sector for positive social change.

For the past ten years Patrick was executive director of Public Works – a nonprofit dedicated to building public will for the common good by engaging more Americans in an active pursuit of a government that works for all. In this role, Patrick traveled to dozens of states to help advocates, nonprofits, community leaders, public officials and organizers defend public programs and the role they play in the lives of children, families and communities.

“Patrick came to Public Works in 2004 after thirteen years as Associate Director of the Center forPublic Policy Priorities and before that as a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives. While at CPPP he launched the Texas Kids Count Initiative and spearheaded the center’s child advocacy work, leading coalitions in the development of shared legislative priorities, training countless others in legislative advocacy, and testifying frequently before House and Senate committees and administrative hearings on behalf of children and low-income Texans.

“Patrick has worked with Boards of Directors, overseen grant writing and fundraising efforts, managed organizations both externally and internally, and maintained trusted stakeholder relationships. He is a frequent consultant to the Kids Count network and a presenter to funder affinity groups like Grant Makers for Children, Youth and Families.

“His former boss, Public Works president and CEO Diane Stewart, had this to say about him:
Patrick made an immeasurable and enduring contribution to Public Works’ mission, having inspired and equipped thousands of leaders and activists around the country to make a compelling case for public systems and structures at the local, state and federal levelsAs much as I regret his departure, I am delighted that he will be in a position to resume work he has cherished throughout his career—bettering the lives of children.

“We are excited to have Patrick on our team. And he will be joining an exceptional team. We are grateful to the hard-working capable and committed Texas staff who have continued to represent CDF’s interests well during an extended period of transition. They have done so without skipping a beat and CDF-Texas remains vital and strong because of this dedicated group.  “Patrick is a devoted husband, father of four, and grandfather to three young grandchildren in a vibrant bi-racial household in central Texas. He has an MPA from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a BFA in Sculpture from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

“His office will be in Austin, but he will split his time between Austin and Houston with frequent visits to the Valley. Patrick can be reached at”