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Felicia DeHaney

Director of Program and Strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Felicia DeHaney, PhD, is Director of Program and Strategy of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Black Child Development Institute. She is a current Board Member of ZERO TO THREE.

Contributions to the Field

Dr. DeHaney is a lifelong advocate for America’s youngest and most vulnerable populations. As Director of Program and Strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, she supports foundation efforts to promote thriving children, working families, and equitable communities. Prior to joining the foundation, she served as president and CEO of the National Black Child Development Institute in Washington, D.C., an organization whose mission it is to improve and advance the lives of Black children and their families through education and advocacy. She also served as the Assistant Superintendent of Early Childhood for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in the District of Columbia. As the principal advisor to the state superintendent of education, she provided leadership and coordination to ensure that all District children, from birth to kindergarten entrance, were well prepared for school. Dr. DeHaney is a former early childhood teacher, elementary school teacher, and university adjunct professor. She holds her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Howard University, a master’s degree in educational psychology from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Howard University.


  • Past President and CEO of the National Black Child Development Institute
  • Member, NYS Board of NYS Board of Regents Early Childhood Workgroup’s Blue Ribbon Committee
  • Member, Council on Foundations
  • Member, Jack and Jill of America
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Sesame Street Workshop