Melanie Bronfin, J.D.
Ms. Bronfin has spent the past 20 years as an advocate for young children in Louisiana. She founded the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children and served as its Executive Director for five years before implementing a successful succession plan and becoming its Policy Advisor. She established the organization as the leading independent source of data, research, and policy proposals on issues related to young children in Louisiana, earning more than 250 media stories about the organization and its work. Her efforts played a key role in the comprehensive reform of Louisiana’s early care and education system, and in approximately 10,000 more low-income Louisiana children gaining access to publicly funded, high quality early care and education. Before founding the Policy Institute, she spent eight years with the Tulane University Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health as a Policy Analyst and Assistant Director of BrightStart, where she helped design Louisiana’s early childhood Quality Rating and Improvement System and the nationally-recognized package of School Readiness Tax Credits. She is a former attorney with Jones Walker Law Firm in New Orleans and has served on numerous non-profit and state boards focused on improving outcomes for children and engaging women as leaders. She is a recipient of the Bureau of Governmental Research’s 2020 Excellence in Government Award for Citizenship, AVODAH’s 2019 Partner in Justice Award, the Louisiana Early Childhood Association’s 2018 Friends of Children Award, Kingsley House’s Champion for Children Award, and Agenda for Children’s Voice for Louisiana’s Children Award. A lifelong Louisiana resident, she graduated summa cum laude with a BA from Yale University, and magna cum laude with a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law.