Diedra Gets Things Done!
Diedra Henry-Spires, is a proven advocate for families, children, and communities. She is a wife, mother, and concerned citizen of the 26th Legislative District of Maryland in Prince George's County. She currently serves as the CEO of The Dalton Daley Group - a non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of families, children and communities.
Diedra, has a long standing professional reputation and track record for bi-partisanship work in the child welfare, human services, and income security arenas. She has extensive experience with the legislative process in the United States Congress, experience in collaborating with federal, state, and local governments, as well as, national, state, and local organizations, and expertise in Executive Branch policy implementation.
Most recently, she designed, lead, and implemented the policy strategy for the Home Visiting Policy Network and the Home Visiting Coalition to educate federal policymakers reauthorize the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Act (MIECHV) for the next 5 years.
As a former professional staff member serving as the chief democratic negotiator at the United States Senate Finance Committee, she is credited with creating and/crafting several pieces of legislation that improved health outcomes, prevented domestic violence, protected women's health choices, provided financial stability, reduced teen pregnancy, strengthened family preservation and reduce child maltreatment. Some highlights include:
- Creating the Supporting At-Risk Children Act of 2013
- Negotiating the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 during the fiscal cliff crisis;
- Negotiating unemployment insurance extensions and TANF provisions for The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012;
- Negotiating The Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act of 2011 and 2006;
- Negotiating unemployment insurance provisions of The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010.
During the historical Health Care Reform congressional negotiations, she is credited with:
- Shepherding the women’s health and sex education provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) during Healthcare Reform;
- Using collaborative process to position the Home Visiting policy proposed by the Obama Administration and shepherding its passage; and
- Developing new evidenced-based sex education programs in 2010 - the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) initiative.
- Other credits include shaping and guiding Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and Extended Benefits (EB) as well as TANF Emergency Fund (TANF EF) policy for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and subsequent related extensions; and Collaborating on The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.
Prior to her tenure on the Senate Finance Committee, Diedra served for 10 years at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she was the principal Public Health Advisor on violence against women for the Office on Women’s Health and as such developed national policies in violence against women, HIV/AIDS, and young women’s health. She also developed and administered contracts and grants to address policy objectives related to women’s issues.
Simply stated, Diedra knows how to fight for the people and get things done that will help families, children, and communities!
Diedra is a Pennsylvania State University graduate holding a BS in Health Policy and Administration, attended Hinksey Institute on Economics, Torbay and Oxford, England, and was awarded certification from the Harvard University – John F. Kennedy School of Government: Shaping the Health Care Delivery System.