Peggy Flanagan, new head of Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota, knows challenges of childhood poverty

Posted: 9/6/13 - MinnPost

Peggy Flanagan, the new executive director of Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota, can put a real face on childhood poverty: her own.

“For a long time it was just my mom and I,’’ said Flanagan, who touts a personal history as a self-described “survivor and child witness” of abuse, as well as early years of economic struggles. Yet this woman, who smiles often and widely, also brings a background rich in advocacy for the less fortunate to the child advocacy organization she now leads.

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