Our Commission

First 5 San Francisco is a department of the City and County of San Francisco and guided by a nine-member commission and two standing committees.

Commission Organization

Four seats on the First 5 San Francisco Commission are reserved for representatives of City agencies:

  • Director of Public Health, or designee
  • General Manager of the Human Services Agency, or designee
  • Member of the Board of Supervisors
  • Director of the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, or designee

The Commission’s remaining five seats are appointed by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors to four-year terms and represent these community constituencies:

  • County services for children, public health, behavioral health, social work or tobacco and substance abuse prevention and treatment
  • Recipients of services provided by the County Strategic Plan
  • Educators specializing in early childhood development
  • Local childcare resources or referral agencies, or the Childcare Planning and
  • Advisory Council
  • Local organizations for prevention or early intervention for families at risk
  • Community-based organizations for early childhood development
  • San Francisco Unified School District
  • Local medical, pediatric, or obstetric associations

First 5 San Francisco and the Commission are counseled by the Program and Fiscal Committee. The Program Committee reviews the performance of our programs and considers new initiatives. The Fiscal Committee oversees financial matters, including overall financial planning, our annual budget, and monitoring of expenses.

Our Commissioners

Suzanne Giraudo, Chair
Psychologist Clinical Director
California Pacific Medical Center

Linda Asato
Executive Director
California Child Care Resource & Referral Network

Sylvia Deporto
Deputy Director
Family and Children’s Services
Human Services Agency

E’leva Gibson, Ed.D.
Executive Director, PreK-8 School Division
San Francisco Unified School District

Mary Hansell
Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health
Department of Public Health

Zea Malawa, M.D.
Staff Physician
Mission Neighborhood Health Center

Lynn Merz
Executive Director
Mimi and Peter Haas Fund

Maria Su
Department of Children, Youth and Their Families

Katy Tang
San Francisco Board of Supervisors

As a city agency, we comply with the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance. All Commission meetings are announced and open to the public.