Gretchen Buchenholz is the Founder and Executive Director of the Association to Benefit Children (ABC), which was established in 1986 with the immediate goal of alleviating the suffering of New York City’s most vulnerable children and protecting their families from the crushing devastation of hunger and homelessness. A fearless and passionate advocate for change, Gretchen Buchenholz has undertaken numerous vital advocacy campaigns that have altered the national landscape for America’s most marginalized children saving many thousands of lives and achieving broad reforms in education and healthcare policy that include: ensuring inclusionary education for disabled preschoolers; securing HIV counseling, testing, and treatment for all children – resulting in a substantial reduction in the number of children born with HIV infections; guaranteeing diagnosis and life-saving treatment for homeless children with asthma; advancing mental health parity for children; and eliminating the cruel and expensive practice of “boarding” babies in hospital wards. In addition, Gretchen Buchenholz has pioneered the “whole family “ approach in the creation of ABC’s comprehensive, cost-effective, humane and replicable direct service program models, which break the destructive cycles of poverty and abuse by intervening as early as possible to support and empower every family member. She has been hailed as one of the leading advocates in twentieth century America and has been recognized with multiple prestigious awards including the Thomas Jefferson Award, the first Robin Hood Hero, East Harlem Woman of the Year, one of President George H.W. Bush’s earliest Point of Light Awards, The New York Women’s Foundation Celebrating Women Award, Children’s Defense Fund Humanitarian Award, CUNY Award for Human Service, Daily News Woman of the Year, Sesame Street Sunny Day Award, America’s Award, The Bronx Women of Power Award, American Association of University Women Achievement Award and the Morton Deutsch Award for Social Justice.