Tara Ficek, who previously served as Director of Grants Management, will now serve as Director of Health. She will be the organization’s leader for the Health Outcome area of the Strategic Plan, and will manage the health grants and programs portfolio. Ficek also will serve as First 5 LA’s thought leader on trauma-informed care and developmental screening, assessments and early intervention, and strategies that improve the service delivery system for children and their families.

Tara Ficek joined First 5 LA in 2005 in the Grants Management (GM) Department. The GM Department is responsible for supporting First 5 LA Grantees and Contractors in successfully achieving identified outcomes for children, families and communities in LA County. Tara and her team provide ongoing technical assistance, program and fiscal oversight, project troubleshooting and enhancement, evaluation and compliance monitoring. Current GM Department projects under her management include historical investments such as the Healthy Kids, Partnerships for Families and Family Literacy as well as more recent Commission approved programming, for example the Children’s Dental Care Program and the Supportive Housing for Homeless Families Initiative.

Prior to joining First 5 LA, Tara worked in the non-profit sector and managed various programs focused on establishing and strengthening Los Angeles County’s safety net system for vulnerable, underserved populations. Tara also has extensive experience overseeing programs in a clinical setting focused on women’s health, particularly maternal and reproductive health.

Tara earned her MPH in Community Health Sciences from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health and her BA from the University of Washington.