Executive Director

Dr. Ruth Friedman serves as the Executive Director of the National Child Abuse Coalition.  She is a Washington D.C. based independent child and family policy consultant, working with government entities, non-profits, and foundations to improve the lives of children and their families.  She spent more than 12 years as a policy advisor for Democratic staff of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.   On behalf on Congressman George Miller and House Democrats, she spearheaded numerous initiatives to improve the well-being of children and families.  She assisted in the passage of the Uninterrupted Scholars Act in 2012, led reauthorizations of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, assisted in Congressional investigations into institutional abuse of students and teens in residential settings, and child abuse reporting laws and practices.  She also spearheaded the 2007 reauthorization of Head Start, the 2009 Early Learning Challenge Fund Act, and child care, pre-kindergarten, and home visiting legislation.  Dr. Friedman has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and an M.A. in public policy.  Prior to working on Capitol Hill, she was a researcher and therapist, focusing on resiliency in children and families living in high poverty neighborhoods.


Rebecca Robuck, Senior Associate at ChildFocus, provides support to Ruth Friedman and the Coalition. In her position at ChildFocus, Rebecca works with nonprofits, foundations, and public agencies to improve policies and practices that impact vulnerable children and families. She has extensive experience in both federal- and state-level child welfare policy. Previously, Rebecca worked as a Legislative Assistant to Representative Jim Cooper, where she handled a range of social welfare issues, including child welfare.

Rebecca holds Masters degrees in Public Administration (MPA) and Social Work (MSW) from the University of Pennsylvania. During graduate school, she worked as a caseworker, and with the Medical Director of the Philadelphia child welfare agency. Rebecca received a B.A. in History from Davidson College.