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Mandy Ableidinger, M.P.A.


Mandy been engaged in children’s issues for more than 20 years in the nonprofit and public sectors in North Carolina and Massachusetts. She brings to the Alliance experience in state health, education, and family support policy and grounds her work in antiracism.

Prior to the Alliance, Mandy served as Deputy Director of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation, where she worked to shift policy and practice to create a comprehensive, equitable, aligned early childhood system for children and families, particularly those who are under-resourced and overburdened. She drove the statewide NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Initiative, created an Early Childhood Data Dashboard and online Birth‐to‐Eight Policy Center, and contributed to systems-change initiatives in early relational health and child care.

Mandy has also worked as an independent contractor in the early childhood, child welfare, and child mental health fields, as policy and budget director for an NC child advocacy nonprofit, and as a fiscal policy analyst for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Morocco, where she spent two years working on education and nutrition issues with the UN World Food Programme and teaching English.

Mandy has a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Area Studies from Duke University and a master’s degree in public administration from Princeton University.