Who We Are

Pictured Above: First 5 Commissioners

First 5 is a proud leader in the collective effort to support young children, both at the state and local level. We are an independent public agency created in 1998 by California’s Proposition 10, a voter-approved initiative that added a 50-cent tax on tobacco products. This revenue provides a dedicated source of funding for programs that serve children from prenatal development through age five and their families.

From health to education to family support, our work intersects all aspects of life for children ages 0-5. Our position in the community gives us a thorough understanding of what they need in order to thrive.

Every county in California has a First 5. Each is allocated money according to birth rate, and each is governed by a local board of Commissioners.

The 58 county First 5 agencies are linked in a statewide network through the First 5 Association and First 5 California.


Commissioners

Bruce Gibson, Chair
Board of Supervisors, District 2
County of San Luis Obispo

Penny Borenstein MD, Vice Chair
Chief Health Officer
Public Health Department, County of San Luis Obispo

James Brescia, Ed. D.
Superintendent
San Luis Obispo County Office of Education

Devin Drake
Director
Department of Social Services, County of San Luis Obispo

James Forester, DDS
Pediatric Dentist
Coastal Pediatric Dentistry
Central Coast Dental Society

Janet Murphy
Child Development Faculty (Retired)
Cal Poly State University

Tracy Schiro
Deputy Director
Department of Social Services, County of San Luis Obispo; Children's Services Network

Melinda Sokolowski
Director
Family Support Services Division, Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County
Child Care Planning Council of San Luis Obispo County

Bob Watt
Principal (Retired)
Cambria Grammar School, Coast Unified School District

Staff

Wendy Wendt, Executive Director
wwendt@first5slo.org

Jason Wells, Associate Director
jwells@first5slo.org

Misty Livengood, Outreach and Communications Officer
mlivengood@first5slo.org

Kris Roudebush, Special Projects Administrator
kroudebush@first5slo.org

Ana Plasencia, Administrative Assistant
first5@first5slo.org