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Teresa Nuno - Chief of Programs and Planning

Teresa Nuno is the Chief of Programs and Planning for First 5 LA. In this role, she leads the organization's efforts to identify emerging leveraging opportunities that catalyze and mobilize financial and non-financial resources through partnerships and grantmaking that support First 5 LA goals and enhance outcomes for children 0-5, their families and communities in Los Angeles County.

Preceding this position, she was the Director of Planning, Development and Policy for First 5 LA, leading strategic planning and overseeing the development of programs and initiatives, policy agenda and funding recommendations including the Partnerships for Families, School Readiness Initiative, Universal Preschool (LAUP), Healthy Births Initiative and Healthy Kids Initiative.

Prior to coming to First 5 LA, she was Director of Programs and Community Development at the UCLA School of Public Health, Technical Assistance Group. She has extensive experience in planning, design, and implementing and evaluating health and human services and programs. Her experience in direct services and executive management ranges from working as a practitioner in mental health, to a health policy advisor and state level executive position in early childhood development, to a consultant on social policies and service delivery systems issues.

Her work and professional interest in community and systems level change has enhanced critical services and policy issues that affect children, youth and their families, particularly in underserved populations and communities. Her professional work covers a broad range of roles and functions with extensive involvement in private, public, academic, and non-profit sectors in both rural and urban environments.

She has received numerous awards for her leadership, community service and professional work and has served as an advisor and board member to numerous groups at the local, state and national levels. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

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