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The Alliance for Early Success Announces the Addition of Senior Policy Director Mandy Ableidinger and Policy Associate Daniela Villasmil

The Alliance for Early Success (The Alliance) announced today it has added two early-childhood policy professionals to its team. Mandy Ableidinger will join the organization as Senior Policy Director, and Daniela Villasmil will take on the newly created position of Policy Associate. The Alliance, a national nonprofit that advances effective early-childhood policy advocacy in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, has steadily been adding new grantees, new investors, and new advocacy support resources – and is now adding staff to support the expansion.

Mandy Afleidingen and Daniela Villasmil

Mandy joins the Alliance from the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF), where she served as Deputy Director. She has more than 15 years’ experience in early-childhood policy advocacy at the state level, and in North Carolina she drove the Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Initiative and guided the development of NCECF’s Birth-to-Eight Policy Center and data dashboard to serve as reliable sources of birth-to-eight information and data for North Carolina policymakers, business leaders, philanthropists, early-childhood professionals, and community leaders. Mandy is especially looking forward to leaning into the Alliance’s racial equity work and stretching Allies for Antiracism’s ability to build equity skills alongside state advocates.

Daniela joins the Alliance from The Children’s Movement of Florida, where she serves as the North Florida Outreach and Engagement Coordinator. She has experience in policy research, coalition building, and communications, and has been instrumental in The Movement’s innovative and successful Bosses for Babies initiative. Daniela is particularly excited about new ways to strengthen connections and community among Alliance allies.

“To create a powerful community of diverse early-childhood policy allies, we need a team that is not only smart and experienced, but also versatile and agile,” said Helene Stebbins, Executive Director of the Alliance.  “Mandy and Daniela are the perfect complement to our staff, and their unique skills will help accelerate our allies’ effectiveness in achieving state actions necessary for each and every young child to thrive.”

About the Alliance for Early Success

The Alliance for Early Success is a 50-state early-childhood advocacy nonprofit that provides connections, expertise, technical assistance, and targeted investments to accelerate and amplify advocates’ effectiveness in achieving state actions necessary for each and every young child to thrive. More information about the Alliance can be found at

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