Meet Our Staff

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


ECEC Executive Director: Susan Perry-Manning


Susan Perry-Manning assumed the role of Executive Director for the Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) in October 2016. ECEC is a national non-profit alliance of the leading high quality Multi-State/Multi -Site Providers, key State Child Care Associations, and premier Educational Services Providers across the country advocating for strong federal and state policies that bring quality to scale and support families and children from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Prior to this role, Susan served as Executive Director for the state of Delaware Office of Early Learning – working with public and private partners across Delaware to create, fund, coordinate and implement the state’s early learning services and policies. Before her service in Delaware, Susan was the founding Executive Director for the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation, Vice-President and Senior Director for Policy and Programs at The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (Smart Start) and Deputy Executive Director at Child Care Aware of America. In 2014, Susan was elected to a four-year term as Secretary of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Governing Board. She holds an MA in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University – St. Paul and a BA in Women’s Studies from Hamilton College.

Senior Director for Government Affairs and Federal Policy: 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.