Bailey K. Childers is GMF’s vice president of external relations. She previously served as director of federal government affairs at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and as director of government relations at H&R Block. She was also executive director of the National Public Pension Coalition (NPPC), where she led national and state efforts to advance retirement security for working Americans, and she managed state legislative efforts to support progressive tax and budget policies at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). A seasoned political operative, Childers spent much of her career running high-capacity field and get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts for Hillary Clinton in 2008 and 2016, the Democratic National Committee in 2006, and John Kerry in 2004. Through her leadership roles on various political campaigns, Childers has hired and mentored dozens of new leaders, elevating the voices and work of women and people of color in the progressive movement. She has been published regularly in The Hill and on online outlets including HuffPost, Medium, CNBC, and CNN Business. Childers, a Texas native, graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College and received a master’s degree in public management from Johns Hopkins University.