Ed Walz (Former Staff) Vice President, Communications

Ed Walz leads a communications team responsible for First Focus’ Campaign for Children media relations, social media outreach, and other public communications. Ed and his team also work with the organization’s policy staff to develop First Focus’ Campaign for Children issue briefs, reports, and other materials, and to integrate communications with the organization’s advocacy strategy. And they coordinate with the First Focus Campaign for Children policy team to support the advocacy efforts of First Focus’ Campaign for Children state partners.

Ed has been quoted in the Washington Post and on CBS Radio News, among other national and regional news outlets. His work has generated news coverage in The New York Times, USA Today, the Associated Press, McClatchy News, POLITICO, The Hill, Roll Call, Congressional Quarterly, and a range of regional and trade news outlets all over the country.

Before joining the First Focus team in November, 2011, Ed worked as a Vice President at Spitfire Strategies, a national consulting firm offering communications and strategy counsel and support to nonprofits and philanthropies. At Spitfire, Ed led a messaging project that helped state-based advocates from coast to coast strengthen children’s health coverage policy and covered more than 1.3 million uninsured kids. He regularly presented on topics ranging from advocacy communications and message development to communications planning and effective writing. He also led a research effort that informed the development of Spitfire’s Just Enough Planning Guide.

For fifteen years, Ed worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, serving three senior lawmakers, leaving the Hill as Legislative Director for then-Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH-13). As a policy staffer, Ed drafted and successfully advanced federal legislation on issues ranging from food safety to family tax policy. He also coordinated with business and human services advocates to secure Federal Communications Commission designation of the telephone dialing prefix 2-1-1 for social services referrals. And he worked with a bipartisan, bicameral team of legislators and staff to win House floor passage of legislation authorizing the importation of safe, affordable, effective medicine from Canada and other allied nations. Ed also worked as a constituent liaison in a congressional district office, leading the planning and execution of large-scale public events that drew significant media attention.

Ed has served as a guest lecturer on topics ranging from message development and communications strategy to effective advocacy. He has taught sessions for undergraduate and graduate programs at the George Washington University School of Public Health, American University's Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, and the George Mason University Department of Communications.

Ed was raised in southeastern Wisconsin, where his family owned a small restaurant business. He started a small philanthropy in partnership with a Wisconsin community foundation, and he has been an active volunteer in the Washington, D.C., area.

Resources by Ed Walz

Lawmakers Push Child Poverty Response, Advocates Urge Action

| September 16, 2015 |

Washington – The United States Census Bureau today released national poverty data for 2014, reporting that about one-fifth (21.1 percent) of children lived in

Homeless Student Count Doubles Pre-Recession Levels, Advocates Call for Action

| September 14, 2015 |

Washington – U.S. Department of Education data shows the number of homeless children and youth attending America’s public schools has risen to a record-breaking

Support Casey Healthcare Bill for Former Foster Youth, Advocates Urge

| July 23, 2015 |

Washington – The First Focus Campaign for Children, a bipartisan children’s advocacy organization, today endorsed the Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth Act. The

Advocates Urge Yes Vote on Senate Bipartisan Education Bill

| July 16, 2015 |

Washington – The First Focus Campaign for Children, a bipartisan children’s advocacy organization, today sent a letter to members of the United States Senate

Bill Offers Proven Plan on Child Poverty

| May 19, 2015 |

  Washington – The bipartisan children’s advocacy organization First Focus Campaign for Children today endorsed legislation to set a national target date for the

Trafficking Bill a Step Forward, Advocates Say

| April 22, 2015 |

Washington – The United States Senate today passed legislation aimed at improving protections and support for victims of human trafficking. The Justice for Victims

Bill Cracks Down on Child Labor in Tobacco Fields

| April 16, 2015 |

Washington – The bipartisan children’s advocacy group First Focus Campaign for Children today endorsed legislation, sponsored by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Congressman David

Children’s Advocates Commend Senate CHIP Effort

| April 15, 2015 |

Washington – Today, Senator Michael Bennet offered an amendment to the Medicare “Sustainable Growth Rate” (SGR) legislative package that would have extended funding for

Children’s Advocates Applaud Wyden Commitment on CHIP Amendment

| April 10, 2015 |

Washington – United States Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) Thursday committed to push for a four-year extension of the bipartisan Children’s Health Insurance Program, indicating

Bipartisan House Vote an Important Step Forward for Children

| March 26, 2015 |

Washington – The United States House of Representatives today passed a $210 billion legislative package intended to fix a widely-lamented Medicare provider payment system.