Ms. Wong is a champion for the early care and education field. Prior to joining the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) in 2005, Ms. Wong was a program director of family services that has included child care, parent education and support services, serving young children with special health care needs, immigrant families and English language learners. Ms. Wong was the founding director who successfully implemented the San Francisco CARES program, an innovative program to encourage the education and retention of our child care workforce.
Ms. Wong has served on many committees to advance the work of child care and early education. Some of these committees have included: the Our Children Our Families Council, Executive level roles on the Child Care Planning and Advisory Council, member of the Preschool For All Advisory Board, and served on the Child Care Economic Impact Report Advisory Board. Ms. Wong has over 20 years of program and business experience in non-profit work in the areas of education and children and family services.
Ms. Quiroz is an accomplished community and public policy leader with almost two decades of early childhood education, family support and social services experience with a track record of delivering organizational impact through accountability, shared leadership, transparency and integrity. She has devoted her career to issues affecting young children, youth; including pregnant and parenting teens and low income families.
Ms. Quiroz is responsible for leading interdisciplinary, intergenerational & integrated programs that include: early care and education, early intervention and inclusion, behavioral/ mental health, and other family support services. She is responsible for leading a fiscally and operationally sound division, which serves approximately 700 clients, includes 145 staff and a budget of $9.8 million dollars of City, State and Federal contracts and small / large grants from foundations and private donors.
Ms. Quiroz holds a Master’s degree in Organization and Leadership in Education from the University of San Francisco and an undergraduate degree in Child and Adolescent Development from San Francisco State University.
She lives in the SF Bay Area with her husband and two daughters.
Meenoo is the Interim Chief of San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) Early Education Department and has continued to demonstrate leadership as the Executive Director of SFUSD’s early education Program, Quality, and Enhancement unit, where she supervises over 20 staff collaboratively working to improve kindergarten readiness and early school achievement. Over the past six years as a leader at SFUSD, she has led her devoted team; developed effective cross-departmental relationships; demonstrated a steadfast commitment to and competencies in developing high quality early education programming; and provided key leadership to a department that is annually increasing kindergarten readiness results.
For over 25 years Ms. Yashar has gained indispensable experience in progressive educational management and directing her team to strive for equity in educational achievement within San Francisco’s urban district. Her career trajectory includes working as a preschool teacher, an AB 3632 mental health service assessor for students with IEPs, a social worker for Tenderloin pre-kindergarten program at Compass Family, a site administrator at school for students with special needs, and the Director of professional development in Seattle Early Reading First & Early Learning Networks. Ms. Yashar’s experience as a teacher, therapist, evaluator, manager, director, and most recently, executive director, have all prepared her with authentic and well-rounded educational experiences that enables her to effectively lead the Early Education Department in her role as Interim Chief.
Meredith Osborn is an attorney and mother living and working in San Francisco. She grew up in San Francisco, and served as Chair of the San Francisco Youth Commission while still in high school. She has served as president and fundraising chair of the parent advisory committee at Yerba Buena Gardens South of Market Childcare Center. She is a graduate of Harvard College, the University of Edinburgh, and Harvard Law School.
Dr. Lygia Stebbing, is an instructor in the Child Development and Adolescent Development Department at San Francisco State University and the Director of EDvanceSF, an initiative aimed at increasing the diversity and improving the qualifications of the early childhood workforce. The program boasts an innovative pathway that has resulted in unprecedented student retention and graduation rates. In addition, Dr. Stebbing leads an annual study abroad program in Cape Town South Africa merging her passion for experiencing and serving other cultures through early childhood education. Dr. Stebbing has been working in the field of early childhood education for the past 15 years in San Francisco. Prior to that, she lived abroad for 5 years working as a Program Director of Educational Programs in developing countries.
Patricia Sullivan, EdD, is the Director of Baby Steps FCC, a multi-aged family child care with a focus on Science, math, and daily nature and outdoor experiences. Dr. Sullivan also serves as the Director of the Family Child Care Association of San Francisco (FCCASF), which helps shape policy, programs, and training for FCC educators and ensures that the role of family child care in serving young children and working parents is fully considered in local and statewide policy planning. Furthermore, Dr. Sullivan works as an adjunct professor for the San Francisco State University Child Development Department, teaching courses such as Math & Science in ECE, Nature and Outdoor Education in ECE, Multicultural Education, Language and Literacy, Child Development, Play in ECE, Art in ECE, and Working with Parents and Families.
Fonda Davidson is the Executive Director of The Cross Cultural Family Center, an agency that serves over 350 children across twelve different early education centers in San Francisco. She is also a member of the San Francisco Child Care Planning and Advisory Council and has over four decades of experience in San Francisco’s early care and education sector.
Sandee served as the Executive Director for Children’s Council of San Francisco from 2011-2019 after many years in executive leadership at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Sandee also served as Chair of San Francisco’s Child Care Policy and Advisory Council and actively participates in early care and education policy and planning both locally and statewide.
Jerry Yang is the Executive Director with Kai Ming Head Start, a non-profit organization serving families in need. He started his early childhood education career since 1996 as a preschool classroom teacher during his graduate study. He later on became an assistant professor after earning his doctorate. He brings his teaching and research experiences to the non-profit sector in 2007. He devotes himself to work closely with his colleagues to transform the organizational culture into a warm, respectful, proactive, data-driven and multi-culturally responsive learning environment.