Paula Fendley, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Fendley earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of South Carolina and has a Master’s of Education in Clinical Counseling from The Citadel. She is also a Licensed Master Social Worker.

Previously, Ms. Fendley served as PAFCAF’s CEO from June 2008 until October 2015. Since then, she has been working as a consultant.

Ms. Fendley has extensive experience in state government, specifically relating to policy and legislative affairs. She has held positions in the South Carolina Office of the Governor with the Riley and Campbell administrations and also served at the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She has been a private consultant and lobbyist in her previous work.


Megan M. Branham, Director of Policy and Research

Megan M. Branham, PAFCAF Director of Policy and Research

Megan Branham has spent more than a decade in South Carolina serving in various roles at family and children-focused non-profits devoted to improving the lives of children throughout the state.

In her various roles, Branham has helped lead policy initiatives giving more children the opportunity to grow up in safe environments. She has implemented programs to improve maternal and child health and facilitated community efforts to prevent teen pregnancy. Most recently she served as the Director of Policy at Children's Trust of South Carolina.

Branham has a Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina and is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She recently completed The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Leadership Institute for State-based Advocates with 13 policy colleagues from across the country.




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Melissa West, Press Secretary

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Sr. VP, State Gov. Relations
McGuireWoods Consulting LLC

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Ass't. Vice President Government Relations - State
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