Meet Our Staff

 The Early Care and Education Consortium
1313 L St. NW, Suite 120, Washington, DC 20005


Senior Director for Government Affairs and Federal Policy/Interim Executive Director: Michelle Dallafior


Michelle Dallafior joined the Early Care and Education Consortium as the Senior Director of Government Affairs and Policy in March 2017. Michelle spent the last twenty-three years in public service working in both the federal legislative and executive branches. She joined the staff of Senator John Glenn in 1994 to advocate for maritime and Great Lakes environmental policies and secure bipartisan support for federal funding of critical Great Lakes protection programs. She joined Congressman Ted Strickland’s staff in 1997 and served as his Legislative Director, and ultimately Chief Staff. As a Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Congressman charged Michelle with directing policy design and oversight for energy, economic development, telecommunications, healthcare, environment, and labor issues. She built a successful bipartisan coalition to marshal passage of the landmark Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. In 2007, Michelle accepted a position on the House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Energy where she managed a portfolio of energy-related topics, and joined the Department of Energy (DOE) in 2009 as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Fossil Energy and moved to the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in late 2010. At DOE, she advised two Assistant Secretaries on budgetary matters and legislative, political, and strategic initiatives to advance the Administration’s policy objectives and programmatic goals. Michelle holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, now the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. She also holds a certificate in Victim’s Advocacy and volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in the District of Columbia.

Phone: 202-408-9623

Director of State Policy and Member Services: Katherine Kimmel


Katherine Kimmel joined the Early Care and Education Consortium in April 2017 as the Director of State Policy and Member Services. Prior to assuming this role she worked on early childhood issues for three years at Linchpin Strategies, LLC. Katherine managed the Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting Initiatives, which provides peer education opportunities for state home visiting administrators, and produced legislative analysis for the National Head Start Association. She also advocated for increased access to orthotic and prosthetic care for Veterans and expanded business opportunities for the blind. Katherine holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Mississippi, as well as a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Phone: 202-408-9624