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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, Adjunct Professor
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, 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, MBA/MA; Raccoon Partners Lecturer in Strategic Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business for 2023-2024; Co-Founder and Partner, Promise Venture Studio

Isabella Hau

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

Barry D. Ford, JD

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, 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, Executive Director, Black Family Philanthropies

Abigail Stewart-Kahn

Abigail Stewart-Kahn, Managing Director

Elizabeth Backus

Elizabeth Backus, Operations and Finance Director


Administrative Team

Milla Bushman, Executive Support Specialist

Brittany Dalberg, Operations Coordinator

Ashleigh Panoo, Communications Specialist

Maria Rosales, Administrative Associate

Operational Team

Kate Beauchamp, PhD, Director of Learning and Evaluation

Cristi Carman, Director of RAPID Project

Alex Wagnon, Research Manager

Kyndal Yada, FIND Program Manager

Michael Sulik, PhD, Research Associate

Monica Arpino, RAPID Communications Specialist

Sonal Bahl, Research Coordinator

Renata Correa Gomes, Research Coordinator 2

Elizabeth Flores, Research Coordinator

Jennifer Fortet, Learning and Evaluation Associate

Valeria Garcia, Senior Coordinator

Claire Gunther, Research Coordinator

Rose Jeffries, Data Manager

WooJung Kim, Data Analyst

Sihong Liu, PhD, Methodologist

Rene Maldonado, Research Coordinator

Bryan Mantell, Data Analyst

Rhys McCaughran, Research Coordinator

Shreya Mishra, Research Coordinator

Leda Morales, Implementation Specialist

Katie Nicolaou, Senior Coordinator

Maya Provencal, Research Coordinator

Irma Ramirez, Senior Coordinator

Ciera Sanders, Research Coordinator

Callie Silver, Learning and Evaluation Associate

Sally Steinman, Implementation Lead

Emily Strickler, Research Coordinator 2

Fengrong Yang, Data Analyst

Students and trainees

Gladys Aguilar, Equity in Early Education Postdoctoral Fellow

Meriah DeJoseph, Postdoctoral Scholar

Lauren Klein, Postdoctoral Scholar

Mateus Morante Mazzaferro, doctoral student

Alexis Merculief, Equity in Early Education Postdoctoral Fellow

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