Co-Chair, Policy Committee / Vice President of Government Affairs
Patrick Murray leads KinderCare’s advocacy efforts, working to expand access to quality early childhood education programs and align policy with the needs of children, families, and employers. Patrick joined KinderCare from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he led the foundation’s federal advocacy strategies on education and health. Previously, he served as a policy advisor to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. During his time on the Hill he led the negotiations on the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.
Co-Chair, Policy Committee / Director of Government Relations
Learning Care Group
Brian Gutman is Learning Care Group’s senior expert on federal and state early care and education policies. He leads LCG’s advocacy with federal and state policymakers, and early childhood education organizations to close the gaps in access and opportunity for all children. Brian joined Learning Care Group from the Midwest office of The Education Trust-Midwest, where he was the Director of External Relations and Public Engagement. Previously, he worked on youth justice at a Massachusetts state agency and was legislative director for a New York elected official. Brian is admitted to practice law in Michigan, Massachusetts, and New York.