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Our interdisciplinary team reflects the complexity of issues that intersect in early childhood. The center leadership and staff bring together expertise in research, policy, and practice from across education, medicine, law, business, and engineering.

Leadership Council

Photo of Philip Fisher

Philip Fisher, PhD, Excellence in Learning Education Professor
Stanford Graduate School of Education


Joan Lombardi

Joan Lombardi, PhD, Visiting Scholar
Stanford Graduate School of Education, Senior Advisor and Leadership Council Co-Chair


Lisa Chamberlain

Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics and, by courtesy, of Education, Stanford School of Medicine
Associate Director


Jelena Obradović

Jelena Obradović, PhD, Associate Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education
Associate Director


Ryan Christopher Padrez

Ryan Christopher Padrez, MD, Clinical Associate Director, Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine



Matthew Glickman

Matthew Glickman, PhD, Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Founder and President of Promise Venture Studio

Isabella Hau

Isabelle Hau, Stanford Graduate School of Education; Executive Director, Stanford Accelerator for Learning

Barry D. Ford, JD, President and CEO, Council for a Strong America

Miriam Calderon

Miriam Calderon, MSW, Chief Policy Officer at Zero to Three

Stephanie Curenton

Stephanie Curenton, PhD, Associate Professor, Boston University; Director, Center for the Ecology of Early Childhood Development

Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor

Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor, PhD, Chief Executive Officer at Frameworks Institute

Natalie Renew

Natalie Renew, MPA, Executive Director, Home Grown

Kelvin Chan

Kelvin Chan, PhD, MTS, MPH, Managing Director, Robin Hood Foundation

Abigail Stewart-Kahn

Abigail Stewart-Kahn, Managing Director

Elizabeth Backus

Elizabeth Backus, Administrative Director


Administrative Team

Claire Browne, Administrative Associate

Brittany Dalberg, Operations Coordinator

Ashleigh Panoo, Communications Specialist

Operational Team

Kate Beauchamp, PhD, Director of Impact Evaluation

Cristi Carman, Director of RAPID Project

Alex Wagnon, Research Manager

Kyndal Yada, FIND Program Manager

Michael Sulik, PhD, Research Associate

Renata Correa Gomes, Research Coordinator 2

Jennifer Fortet, Impact Evaluation Associate

Valeria Garcia, Community Partnership Coordinator

Allison Gross, Research Coordinator 2

Claire Gunther, Research Coordinator

Rose Jeffries, Data Manager

Sihong Liu, PhD, Methodologist

Rene Maldonado, Research Coordinator

Bryan Mantell, Data Analyst

Rhys McCaughran, Research Coordinator

Shreya Mishra, Research Coordinator

Katie Nicolaou, Partnership Coordinator

Irma Ramirez, Community Partnership Coordinator

Ciera Sanders, Research Coordinator

Callie Silver, Impact Evaluation Associate

Sally Steinman, Implementation Lead

Emily Strickler, Research Coordinator

Fengrong Yang, Data Analyst

Students and trainees

Jeremy Walters, doctoral student

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