Elizabeth Star Winer

Elizabeth Star Winer is the Founder and President of the Winer Family Foundation. Liz has a history and passion for connecting, convening, and catalyzing action with the vision of fostering intergenerational health and mobility in the Carolinas. She collaborates to […]

Denise Castillo Dell Isola

Denise Castillo Dell Isola (she/her/hers), J.D., is the Program Director for Early Childhood at the Irving Harris Foundation where she advances the Foundation’s early childhood policy and advocacy agenda in Illinois, and at the multi-state and federal levels. She manages […]

Rebecca Gomez

Rebecca Gomez is a program officer for the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. She leads the Foundation’s grantmaking focused on federal and cross-state early childhood education (ECE) policy and systems-building, with a particular focus on ECE workforce stability, equitable […]

Eric Buchanan

Eric leads the foundation’s efforts to attract new co-investors and partners to join the growing early childhood movement while also representing the foundation in work with existing Educare schools (in Omaha, New Orleans, Kansas City, and Atlanta) as well as […]

Eddie Gale

Eddie Gale is the Vermont Program Director for the A. D. Henderson Foundation. The Henderson Foundation is one of the larger private funders of early care and education and adult-to-child mentoring programs in Vermont. In his role as program director, […]

April Luong

April supports the Raising Child Care Fund and ECFC programming.  In her most recent position at Overlake Christian Church in Seattle, WA, she managed volunteers, planned events, managed social media, and created and coordinated age-specific content and programming for 150+ children.  […]

Sara Vecchiotti

Sara Vecchiotti

Dr. Sara Vecchiotti is the Vice President of Research and Program Innovation at the Foundation for Child Development and is responsible for research, program and grant development and monitoring, as well as communications strategies. Prior to this position, Dr. Vecchiotti […]

Rashanda Perryman-Stiff

Rashanda Perryman-Stiff is a Program Officer at Vanguard in the Corporate Philanthropy Division. She was former Program Officer at the William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia, PA. Rashanda has spent 20 years in early learning and has worked her way through […]


Sakinah P. Harrison, MNO

Sakinah P. Harrison is a Program Officer for Education & Learning and Family Economic Security at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. In this role as a member of the Education & Learning and Family Economic Security teams, […]


Gerry Cobb

Gerry Cobb serves as Director of the Pritzker Children’s Initiative, a national initiative of the JB and MK Pritzker Family Foundation focused on improved state policy and investment for children prenatal to age three and their families. The focus of […]

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Chere Williams

Chere supports ECFC’s member outreach, committees, and programming. She has over Chere has over 17 years of extensive experience in associations with an emphasis in membership. Along with being a membership manager for premiere associations such as ASAE & The […]

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Rena L. Large

Rena supports ECFC’s state and local EC Funder Collaboratives project and other programming. For more than 20 years, she has served in numerous roles for national non-profit public health and philanthropic initiatives and organizations including: managing adolescent health programming at […]

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