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Foundation for Child Development Appoints Five New Board Members

New York, NY – The Foundation for Child Development (FCD) is proud to announce the appointment of five distinguished leaders to its Board of Directors. These new members bring a rich tapestry of experience and expertise to FCD, strengthening its commitment to advance its mission to support young children, especially those marginalized by racism, xenophobia, and economic inequality. They join FCD’s Board under a new era of leadership at the Foundation, marked by the first anniversary of both Board Chair Dr. Velma McBride Murry and President and CEO Dr. Vivian Tseng.

“We are fortunate to have such an august group of research, policy, philanthropic, and communications leaders joining our Board of Directors,” said Tseng. “I am thrilled to welcome them on board as we chart the Foundation for Child Development’s future to support social justice for young children.”

    • Linda M. Burton is the dean of the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Burton has served as dean of Social Sciences and director of the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University, and has held leadership positions on numerous boards, councils, and committees including the Committee on the Science of Research on Families for the Institute of Medicine and the Board of Directors for the Family Process Institute.
    • Barbara Chow is the director of the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation, having previously led the Education program for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She has served in a variety of policy-related positions, including policy director for the House Budget Committee and deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council during the Clinton Administration.
    • Fabienne Doucet is the executive director of the NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. Dr. Doucet is also an affiliated faculty member of the NYU Institute for Human Development and Social Change and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. A critical ethnographer, she studies how the U.S. educational system positions linguistically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse children and families at a disadvantage, and seeks active solutions for meeting their educational needs.
    • Marissa Tirona is the president of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. Previously, she was a program officer at the Ford Foundation, where she managed a multi-issue, multi-country portfolio as part of the BUILD initiative, Ford’s flagship program designed to strengthen organizations and networks core to the global social justice infrastructure. Before joining Ford, she led the Blue Shield of California Foundation’s programmatic, policy, and grantmaking efforts and was senior project director at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services.
    • Tracy Zimmerman is vice president, policy and communications at the Neimand Collaborative, a social impact marketing firm. She previously served as deputy secretary for policy and communications at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She co-founded the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation, where she built a statewide Pathways to Grade-Level Reading framework to develop shared measures and strategies to support children’s optimal development. She has also worked for and on behalf of numerous public interest organizations including Planned Parenthood of Maryland, the National Cooperative Bank, Education Commission of the States, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.


About the Foundation for Child Development

Founded in 1900, the Foundation for Child Development works at the intersection of research, policy, and practice to support young children in reaching their full potential. For more information, visit fcd​-us​.org and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Sherice Brammer
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