February 7-9, 2015 Cambridge, MA

SANDRA GUTIERREZ is the Founder and National Director of Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, the nation’s first evidence-based, comprehensive training program for Latino parents with children 0 to 5. Prior to her work with AP/OD, Gutierrez developed a series of training programs to sup-port children and families involved in the child welfare system for Parents Action for Children. Her multi-faceted career has included founding the first service organization to assist Central American Refugees, developing health education programs for the United Farm Workers of America and leading campaigns to promote the benefits of preschool to the Latino community. She served as a founding member and State Commissioner for First 5 California, establishing the Advisory Committee on Equity. Gutierrez is an Advisory Board member for the Too Small To Fail Initiative. In 2014, Gutierrez was named by the White House as a César E. Chávez Champion of Change.

AJAY CHAUDRY was until recently the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the US Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to that appointment in the Obama administration, Dr. Chaudry was a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. He has led public policy research focused on child poverty, child well-being and development, human service programs in the social safety net, and the early childhood care system for young children. He has also served as the Deputy Commissioner for Child Care and Head Start at the New York City Administration for Children Services and is the author of Putting Children First: How Low-wage Working Mothers Manage Child Care.

WILLIAM GORMLEY is University Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Research on Children in the U.S. (CROCUS) at Georgetown University. Since 2001, Dr. Gormley has directed an evaluation of Oklahoma’s universal pre-K program, focusing on the effectiveness of the Tulsa Public Schools pre-K program in promoting school readiness. Results of that evaluation have appeared in Science (June, 2008), the Policy Studies Journal (February 2005), the Journal of Human Resources (Summer 2005), and Developmental Psychology (November 2005). Dr. Gormley helped to found Georgetown University’s day care center, Hoya Kids, and has served as a member of the National Commission on Reinventing the NAEYC. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a past president of the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association.

RON HASKINS is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies program and co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution and senior consultant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore. From February to December 2002 he was the senior advisor to the president for welfare policy at the White House. Prior to joining Brookings and Casey, he spent 14 years on the staff of the House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, first as welfare counsel to the Republican staff, then as the subcommittee’s staff director. From 1981-1985, he was a senior researcher at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. He also taught and lectured on history and education at UNC, Charlotte and developmental psychology at Duke University. Haskins was the editor of the 1996, 1998, and 2000 editions of the Green Book and is a senior editor of The Future of Children.

DIANE HORM is the George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair of Early Childhood Education and Founding Director of the Early Childhood Education Institute (ECEI) at the University of Oklahoma at Tulsa. Prior to her 2006 OU appointment, she held faculty and administrative positions at the University of Rhode Island including Associate Dean of the College of Human Sciences, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and Director of the URI Child Development Centers. Through the ECEI, Horm is currently leading several applied research initiatives in early childhood education including program evaluation research in collaboration with Oklahoma’s State Pilot Program to Expand and Enhance Infant/Toddler Programming and Tulsa’s Educare programs.

JACQUELINE JONES is President and CEO of the Foundation for Child Development (FCD). Jones served as a senior advisor on early learning to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and as the first deputy assistant secretary for policy and early learning at the U.S. Department of Education during the first term of the Obama administration. Prior to her federal service, she served as assistant commissioner for the Division of Early Childhood Education at the New Jersey Department of Education and worked for more than 15 years as a senior research scientist at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J. She received a Ph.D. in communication sciences and disorders from Northwestern University.

SAM MEISELS is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the assessment of young children and early childhood development. He is the Founding Executive Director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska and is also Professor of Child, Youth, and Family Studies with courtesy appointments as professor of public health, education, and public administration. Dr. Meisels formerly served as president of Erikson Institute in Chicago, one of the country’s premier graduate schools in child development and had a distinguished 21-year career at the University of Michigan, where he remains professor and research scientist emeritus as well as president emeritus of Erikson. A former preschool, Kindergarten, and first grade teacher, Dr. Meisels was also a faculty member at Tufts University for eight years and director of the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School at Tufts.

ROBERT D. PUTNAM is Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the British Academy, and past president of the American Political Science Association. He has received numerous scholarly honors, including the Skytte Prize, the most prestigious global award in political science, and the National Humanities Medal, the nation’s highest honor for contributions to the humanities. He has written fourteen books, including Bowling Alone and Making Democracy Work, both among the most cited publications in the social sciences in the last half century. His most recent book, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis,” was published in March 2015.

JACK SHONKOFF is the Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; and Director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. He serves as chair of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, a multi-university collaboration comprising leading scholars in neuroscience, psychology, pediatrics, and economics, whose mission is to bring credible science to bear on public policy affecting young children. In 2011, he launched Frontiers of Innovation, a multi-sectoral collaboration among researchers, practitioners, policymakers, investors, and experts in systems change who are committed to developing more effective intervention strategies to catalyze breakthrough impacts on the development and health of young children and families experiencing significant adversity.

JANE WALDFOGEL is a professor of social work and public affairs at Columbia University School of Social Work and a visiting professor at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics. She has written extensively on the impact of public policies on child and family well-being. Her books include: Britain’s War on Poverty (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010); Steady Gains and Stalled Progress: Inequality and the Black-White Test Score Gap (Russell Sage Foundation, 2008); What Children Need (Harvard University Press, 2006); Securing the Future: Investing in Children from Birth to College (Russell Sage Foundation, 2000); and The Future of Child Protection: How to Break the Cycle of Abuse and Neglect (Harvard University Press, 1998). Her current research includes studies of work-family policies, improving the measurement of poverty, and understanding social mobility across countries.

TOM SANDER is the Executive Director of the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America, a program at Harvard Kennedy School that has brought together leading practitioners and thinkers for a multi-year discussion to develop broad-scale, actionable ideas to fortify our nation’s civic connectedness. He managed the research teams (and often served as senior researcher) for the research projects culminating with the books Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis (2015), American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (2010), Better Together (2003) and Bowling Alone (2000). He was the project manager on the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey – the largest survey of social capital to-date (surveying over 30,000 Americans in 41 communities in 2000) – and on two panel surveys on social capital after the September 11 terrorist attacks.