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.
Derik Aoki, Sr. Program Officer
Derik enjoys organizational and program development issues, especially the design of health and wellness initiatives. Derik joined First 5 San Francisco in 2001. He provides oversight to healthy child, family support, and quality improvement initiatives. His personal interests include trying new food from many cuisines cooked at home or eaten out, attending performances (especially opera), reading, gardening, and ‘outdoors lite’ activities.
Lupe (Maria) Cruz Cardenas, ECE Program Assistant
Lupe Cruz Cardenas has a background in international relations and has worked in an educational setting for four years. They are the program assistant for the Professional Development and Continuous Quality Improvement team. When not at work, they enjoy taking long walks, watching RuPaul Drag Race, crafting miniature houses, exploring the bay area, and traveling.
Kahala Drain, Administrative Officer
Kahala has worked with the City and County of San Francisco for the past 15 years. Kahala enjoys spending time with her three children and granddaughter. She is known across departments for solving problems, listening, and formulating paths forward for complex administration issues.
Tracy Fong, Fiscal Officer
Tracy Fong has a background in business administration and social sciences. She has been with First 5 San Francisco since 2006, first as a program associate and currently as the fiscal officer. Tracy is a native San Francisco resident with a large extended family in the Bay Area.
M. Teresa García, FRC Program Associate
Teresa has worked in and supported economic development and social justice organizations in San Francisco and abroad for the last 20 years, most of that time providing business and financial coaching to San Francisco entrepreneurs and family child care providers at Mission Economic Development Agency. Her professional passion extends from her personal values of supporting families with small children and immigrant/underserved communities. When not working, she enjoys watching movies, attending live performances, gardening, taking long walks, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Sandy Hobson, Operations Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandy has a background in Information Systems Management. Before joining First 5 SF, she spent almost 20 years in the nonprofit sector, where she engaged with City and County Departments throughout the State of California and Washington State to address various organizational initiatives. She joined First 5 SF in 2021, where she enjoys participating in a collaborative decision-making process to find practical solutions for routine and complex matters. Outside of work, she supports community-based organizations through different volunteer work and board service. In addition, she enjoys camping, hiking, and traveling.
Cynthia Hom, Sr. Accounting Manager email@example.com
Cynthia grew up in San Francisco and graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Accounting. She’s been with the City and County of San Francisco for 6 years and most recently, joined First 5 in 2021. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new places.
Winnie Kwei, Program Officer
Winnie has over seven years of professional experience working in the non-profit family support services field. Prior to joining First 5 San Francisco, Winnie was the family support manager for Wu Yee Children’s Services, where she led three main prevention and early intervention programs to promote the healthy development of children and families. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, venturing out and exploring new places.
Lisa Lee, Sr. Program Officer
Lisa Lee brings over 30 years of experience leading and collaborating with organizations and institutions serving young children, families, and communities. Prior to her decade of work at First 5 San Francisco, Lisa developed and facilitated national training and technical assistance initiatives across early education, family support, and social justice fields.
Olivia Leung, Quality Counts California Regional Coordinator
Olivia is a San Francisco native with over 10 years of experience in the early childhood education field spanning from a preschool teacher to directing programs. Olivia joined First 5 San Francisco in 2017. She supports the Quality Counts California Regional Hub, SF Coaching Collaborative, and SF Design Collaborative. Her personal interests include spending time with her energetic boys, doing random arts and crafts, and attempting to bake.
Jennifer L. Martinez, QRIS Coordinator
Jennifer has over 15 years of nonprofit experience, 10 years of which are in program design and implementation in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties through the Resource and Referral agencies 4C’s of San Mateo County and Wu Yee Children’s Services (SF). During that time, she co-designed and implemented developmental screening, training and continuous quality improvement for family child care educators. She is a native San Franciscan, born and raised in the Mission District.
Shelli Rawlings-Fein, Family Support Program Officer
Shelli Rawlings-Fein has an extensive background implementing and overseeing non-profit services for families, children, and individuals affected by child welfare involvement, substance use, domestic violence, and teen pregnancy. Shelli is also a lactation educator counselor who enjoys helping families get the best start possible. On her days off, Shelli likes to spend time with her husband, children, dog, cat, and their backyard chickens.
Jonathan Rubinsky, Communications Officer
While completing his graduate degree in Public Policy and Administration, Jonathan joined First 5, and he never looked back. Over the years, he has enjoyed encouraging First 5’s growth in policy & communications while actively learning and engaging in the day-to-day operations. Outside of First 5, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his family and introducing his two young children and their dog (Cooper) to the endless outdoor activities he enjoyed when he was growing up in the Bay Area.
Enith M. Sánchez Fontánez, Regional Data Coordinator and Analyst Enith.Sanchez@first5sf.org
Enith has a background in Public Administration with a focus on Social Policy and State and Local Management. She joined First5 San Francisco in 2018. Before First5 Enith was the International City Management Association Management Fellow in the City of Evanston, Illinois.
Enith is native of Puerto Rico, and on her free time, she enjoys exploring the Bay Area, traveling with her husband, and spending time with her family.
Feven G. Wordofa, Early Intervention Data Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
Feven has over seven years of experience working in the nonprofit world with a background in Development Economics and Impact Evaluation. She is passionate about using data to tell stories and support non-profit organizations in redistributing resources and equitable access to quality education to underserved communities. Feven was born and raised in Ethiopia and has been living in the Bay Area for the past 10 years. She finds joy in spending time in nature, raising plants, reading sci-fi books, and being in laughter with her loving friends & family.