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


San Francisco Board of Supervisors


Aline Armstrong*

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



Zea Malawa*
Program Manager, SF Collective Impact to Prevent Preterm Births 
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health,
San Francisco Department of Public Health

E’leva Hughes Gibson*
Director, PreK-8 School Division
San Francisco Unified School District


Lynn Merz*
Executive Director
Mimi and Peter Haas Fund


Maria Su*
Department of Children, 
Youth and Their Families


Joan Miller*
Deputy Director
Family and Children’s Services

*Commissioner has completed Implicit Bias Training. 

Commission Meetings

Full Commission

Wednesday, June 8, 2020

4:30pm – 6:30pm

Meeting held on Zoom 

Fiscal Committee

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Summer Break

2:30pm – 4:30pm

1390 Market Street, Suite 1100

Program Committee

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Summer Break  

12:00pm – 2:00pm

1390 Market Street, Suite 1100

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.

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.