Theresa Zighera, Interim Executive Director
Theresa Zighera has worked in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area for nearly two decades both in the nonprofit and public sectors. Stepping into the role of Interim Executive Director, Theresa will continue First 5’s focus on improving outcomes for our youngest children and their families by fundamentally shifting the way our systems of care function so that they are more equitable, better coordinated, and of higher quality. Theresa has a strong commitment to ensuring that our community partners and providers have the information, structures, and supports they need to achieve excellence in their work, so that together we can reach our collective aim of quality programs, connected families and healthy, thriving children who are ready for school. Prior to her role as Interim Executive Director, Theresa served as a Senior Program Officer at First 5 San Francisco overseeing the expansion of early intervention initiatives and creating key points of intersection and alignment across the broader continuum of First 5 investments in early childhood development, family strengthening and child health. Her professional endeavors are enhanced by playing and learning with her 9-year-old son and her prior experience as a trainer, teacher, and clinician in a variety of educational settings spanning both US coasts and Ireland. Theresa has a Masters in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley, with a specialization in Management and Planning for Children and Families programming.