First 5 San Francisco is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It is guided by a nine-member commission and two standing committees.

Our Commissioners​

Linda Asato*
Executive Director
California Child Care Resource & Referral Network

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Supervisor Myrna Melgar
District 7
San Francisco Board of Supervisors

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Aline Armstrong*

Director Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health

 

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Zea Malawa*
Perinatal Equity Medical Director, Maternal Child Adolescent Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health

E’leva Hughes Gibson*
Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools Cohort 5                                San Francisco Unified School District

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Lynn Merz*
Executive Director Emerita
Mimi and Peter Haas Fund

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Maria Su*
Director
Department of Children, 
Youth and Their Families

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Joan Miller*
Deputy Director
Family and Children’s Services

*Commissioner has completed Implicit Bias Training. 

About Commission Meetings

For questions about the meetings please contact Kahala Drain. The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at the meetings. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices.

About the Commission

Four seats on the First 5 San Francisco Commission are reserved for representatives of City agencies:

  • Director of Public Health, or designee
  • General Manager of the Human Services Agency, or designee
  • Member of the Board of Supervisors
  • Director of the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, or designee
 
 

The Commission’s remaining five seats are appointed by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors to four-year terms and represent these community constituencies:

  • County services for children, public health, behavioral health, social work or tobacco and substance abuse prevention and treatment
  • Recipients of services provided by the County Strategic Plan
  • Educators specializing in early childhood development
  • Local childcare resources or referral agencies, or the Childcare Planning and Advisory Council
  • Local organizations for prevention or early intervention for families at risk
  • Community-based organizations for early childhood development
  • San Francisco Unified School District
  • Local medical, pediatric, or obstetric associations
 

First 5 San Francisco and the Commission are counseled by the Program and Fiscal Committees. The Program Committee reviews the performance of our programs and considers new initiatives. The Fiscal Committee oversees financial matters, including overall financial planning, our annual budget, and monitoring of expenses.

Commission Meetings

Full Commission

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

4:30pm – 6:30pm

Fiscal Committee

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

2:30pm – 4:30pm

Meeting held on Zoom

Program Committee

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Canceled 

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Meeting held on Zoom

 

POLICY PLANNING AD HOC COMMITTEE

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Canceled 

12:00pm – 2:00pm

All materials presented January 27, 2021 meeting will post to this location following the meeting’s completion


JOINT SPECIAL SUB-COMMITTEE

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Meeting held on Zoom 

 

Department of Early Childhood Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (SPAC)

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Meeting held on Zoom