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FPG's Executive Leadership Board Welcomes New Members

FPG's Executive Leadership Board Welcomes New Members

March 22, 2015

FPG’s Executive Leadership Board welcomes five new members to its team. These expert advisors offer knowledge and expertise and will help to define FPG’s mission and focus.

New board members include:

Tamara Barringer, state senator from North Carolina’s 17th district and former managing partner of the Barringer Law Firm. She also is a former PTA President and longtime public school volunteer, who believes “We must give our teachers the tools they need to get our students career ready.”

Kenneth A. Dodge, the founding director of the Duke Center for Children and Family Policy. Dodge’s work bridges basic scientific research in children’s development with public policy affecting children and families.

Eugene Garcia, professor emeritus at Arizona State University and former senior officer in the U.S. Department of Education. Garcia has published extensively in the areas of early learning, bilingual development, and equal educational opportunity.

Michael L. Lόpez, principle associate in the Education Practice at Abt Associates, who leads the new National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families. He is a renowned authority on the development, education, and wellbeing of young children, particularly low-income and culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Liz Pungello, president of the Brady Education Foundation, which promotes collaboration between researchers and educators in order to close the achievement gap for children at risk for poor school outcomes. She is a research associate professor in the Developmental Psychology Program at UNC-Chapel Hill and a former scientist on FPG’s Abecedarian Project.

These five new experts join the following members already serving on FPG’s Executive Leadership Board:

W. Steven Barnett, Director
National Institute for Early Education Research
Rutgers University

Barbara T. Bowman
Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development
Erikson Institute

Peggy Carter
Chair, Board of Directors
Winston-Salem State University Foundation

Ron Haskins
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies
Co-Director, Center on Children and Families
The Brookings Institution

Olson Huff
Medical Director Emeritus
Mission Children's Hospital

Hal Kaplan
President and CEO
Kaplan Early Learning Company

David Lawrence Jr.
Early Childhood Initiative Foundation

Howard Lee
Howard N. Lee Institute
Formerly, North Carolina State Board of Education

Marvin McKinney
UNC/FPG Research Fellow
Formerly, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Evelyn Moore
President Emeritus
National Black Child Development Institute

Duncan Munn
Munn & Munn, LLC
Formerly, Division of Early Intervention and Education,
NC Department of Health and Human Services

James M. Perrin
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Director, Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy
Massachusetts General Hospital

Karen Ponder
Ponder Early Childhood, Inc.
Formerly, North Carolina Partnership for Children

Donald J. Stedman
President and CEO
New Voices Foundation
Formerly, Dean of the UNC-CH School of Education