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Rafael Otto

Rafael Otto (he/him)

Director of Communications


Rafael Otto brings more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector to Children’s Institute, including a background in communications, education, policy, social services, and strategic planning.

He leads strategic and tactical communications for CI and is the writer, host, and producer of The Early Link Podcast that highlights national, regional, and local voices connected to early care and education.

As a writer, his work has been published by Grantmakers for Education, The Writer’s Chronicle, Getting Smart, Americans for the Arts, and Terrain.org, among others.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.