As mothers, we know first-hand whether laws can help or hurt a family; It's time we had a bigger say in policy-making

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A mother's first-hand knowledge is a critical source of information in the policymaking process. This month we are gathering mothers' views on a new framework for a Paid Leave bill! Click below to make an impact. Check back here at the beginning of next month for the results we send to legislators, or follow @countonmothers on Instagram.

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How it Works

By answering our monthly survey, your voice is added to the data we compile and share on a non-partisan basis with news organizations and legislators. We are committed to providing the public and federal representatives (U.S. Senators and Representatives) with this data to inform on policies that matter to you. We never share any personal information that you provide. The surveys you complete ask for your opinions on specific legislation (bills) that are important to mothers and families and currently being considered in Congress. Count on Mothers provides legislators with comprehensive first-hand data to help them make more informed decisions. Each policy that we survey mothers on, across the country and political spectrum, is chosen based on what these surveyed mothers want to address. Every mother is welcomed.

Our Impact

Count on Mothers provides data to inform discussion and decisions in the policy-making process. Our data can factor into almost every step represented here. Take our policy of the month survey today and add your voice to the data legislators use to make these important decisions.

What is count on mothers?

Count on Mothers is a data-driven legislative advocacy tool for mothers with the purpose of surveying mothers’ first-hand knowledge and using that information to impact policies that directly affect the well-being of families.

How does it work?

When a bill that could affect children or families is introduced to the House or Senate, Count on Mothers runs a survey to capture data that will help legislators understand how the legislation could impact American families.

Why does it matter?

Count on Mothers will provide a quick and easy tool for real-time data during a time-sensitive legislative process.

From our community

Our voice is stronger together.

"A mother’s voice speaks not only for herself, but for our future. Count On Mothers understands that. And it's why I was so thrilled to jump in and help grow the voices of mothers where we need them most."

Gayle Gilman

Los Angeles, CA

"Data is power. I love the idea of the power of mothers. Imagine 90%+ of mothers stating that they know more than 1 child who died by suicide in the last year. Imagine the clarity that legislators cannot ignore if nonpartisan data shows X% of mothers state Y."

Bernardine Wu

New York, NY

"I care about Count on Mothers because we need change in this country and mothers are a force that can make that change happen."

Kathy Zukerman

CEO / Creative IT

"Mothers are an incredibly passionate and dedicated group. Individually we make a difference in the lives around us every day. Collectively, if we raise our voices, we can make a difference on a national level. Count on Mothers harnesses this potential."

Mimi Morningstar

CEO / Creative IT

About Count on Mothers

Meet the Count on Mothers Team and Board. Thank you to the countless mothers beyond, across the U.S. and across political ideologies, who dedicate time and wisdom toward the mission. We believe that a mother’s first hand knowledge is a critical source of information in the policy making process. Our goal is to collect this important data from mothers and translate it into actionable insights for news organizations and legislators alike. We do this monthly, one policy at a time. Our voice is stronger together: Contact us to get involved.

The Team

Jennifer Bransford
Founder
Mother of three, Jennifer founded Count on Mothers to help improve the conditions of raising children and make life better for mothers. After working in television, she produced numerous child-centered philanthropic projects. In 2017, she was invited to the U.N. by the First Lady to discuss bullying prevention with a small group of emotional intelligence thought leaders. Most recently, she developed an e-learning program rooted in interpersonal neurobiology and building trusting relationships.
Dr. Mitch Rosenwald
Director of Research
Dr. Rosenwald received his PhD in Social Work from University of Maryland. He is the author/editor of three books and dozens of peer-reviewed publications that include a focus on clinical and macro social work practice and child welfare. He served as a co-evaluator on a U.S. Children's Bureau Housing First grant. Mitch is the former President of the National Association of Social Workers-Florida Chapter.
Dr. Jeffrey Steen
Head of Research
A proud uncle, Dr. Steen received his PhD in Social Work from New York University. He researches in the field of behavioral health, and extensively disseminates his work through publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at professional conferences. He provides clinical and administrative services in healthcare organizations, and is a Disaster Mental Health volunteer with the Red Cross.

Advisory Board

Elizabeth Marks
Mother of four and a champion of the role of women in business and culture, Liz has been deeply involved in global politics and public policy. She staffed a Member of British Parliament in the House of Commons, and is committed to improving the lives of mothers and families. Over her thirty year career, Liz has provided strategic planning and development for brands, foundations, and creative/media agencies. Liz advises COM on development and programming.
Amanda Kanaga
Mother of four, Amanda serves as CDO of The Nest Climate Campus in NYC. She has worked to scale environmental solutions through cross industry collaborations including private and public sectors, government, policy makers, media, and non-profits. Amanda served as CMO at PeopleOne Health and CRO at SparkPeople, a health technology and Saas platform. Amanda advises COM on research and development.
Gayle Gilman
Mother of four, Gayle has served as the EVP and general manager for FremantleMedia North America where she launched the Tiny Riot! digital studio. Oscar and Emmy nominated producer for NatGeo and A&E, she is best known for The Farm: Angola, Ice Road Truckers, and Something Scary. She is President and Founder at Snarled Entertainment, a video and podcast company. Gayle advises COM's upcoming storytelling arm for qualitative data.
L John Baker
Father of three, John rocks the marketing world with over 30 years of experience with brands and marketers, including Citigroup, Comcast, Vodafone, Colgate, P&G, Kraft, Nestle, AT&T, and IBM. At P&G, his campaigns won numerous awards, including One Show, Cannes, and Effie. While at Sprint, he won the ARF David Ogilvie. He currently runs the Clorox global brand at Omnicron. John advises COM on creative development.
Leonardo Cilmi
Leonardo Cilmi is a digital product leader formerly at Facebook and currently at LTK. Before Facebook, Leonardo worked with The National Urban Technology Center, a non-profit dedicated to developing safe and supportive schools through its digital learning curriculum, as well as Artist's Teaching Art, another non-profit committed to teaching kids foundational life skills through art. Leo advises COM on product design and strategy.
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Jessica Queller
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Contact us if you want to share your first-hand experience and knowledge on the Policy of the Month and be included in our qualitative report.

We compile two studies to impact policymaking -- quantitative (the quick survey) and qualitative (a focus group of mothers across political ideology). Answers are anonymous, they are not connected with any email or identifying information.