Congratulations to Miriam Harmatz: CCF’s 2015 Bulldog of the Year

For the second year in a row, CCF awarded an outstanding state partner with the Bulldog of the Year award. The Bulldog of the Year award recognizes an individual who exemplifies the characteristics of the bulldog (Georgetown University’s mascot) through their dedication to children and families and determination in the face of adversity. We were thrilled to name Miriam Harmatz this year’s Bulldog of the Year at our 2015 annual conference.

Miriam is a senior health law attorney at Florida Legal Services and has worked on expanding access to health care – both in Miami and statewide – for the last 30 years through litigation,  public education, and advocacy work. In addition to her professional accolades and achievements, Miriam’s unshakable optimism, kindness, and commitment make her an absolute pleasure to work with.

When we asked some of her colleagues to share some reflections about Miriam, here is what they said:

“Bulldog–I can’t think of a better moniker for Miriam! Her petite stature is deceptive. Once Miriam takes on a problem, she passionately sinks her teeth into it and doesn’t let go until it’s beaten into extinction. Miriam has a larger than life presence in the world of health advocacy on behalf of children and others most in need.” –Anne Swerlick, Florida Legal Services

“Miriam is, without a doubt, the sweetest, most persistent, kindest, most hard-hitting lawyer I have ever worked with.”–Jane Perkins, National Health Law Program

We here at CCF would like to thank Miriam for her exemplary work and cherish her as a partner and advocate for children and families. Congratulations to Miriam – a true bulldog for the underdog!

Joan Alker is the Executive Director of the Center for Children and Families and a Research Professor at the Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy.