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


Sandra Lee Fewer
San Francisco Board of Supervisors


Suzanne Giraudo, Chair
Psychologist Clinical Director
California Pacific Medical Center


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

Commission Meetings

Full Commission

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
4:30pm – 6:30pm
1390 Market Street, Ste. 1125

Fiscal Committee
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
2:30pm – 4:30pm
1390 Market Street, Suite 1125

Program Committee
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
12:00pm – 2:00pm
1390 Market Street, Suite 1125

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.