- Early childhood and preschool
- Early learning
Kris Perry is the executive director of the First Five Years Fund. She is a popular voice for child advocacy, appearing as a commentator and child development expert on state and national media outlets. Previously, Perry served as executive director of First 5 California, fostering their emergence as one of the most well-known and respected advocates for early childhood development on the state and national levels. Perry also worked at the Alameda County Social Services Agency for more than 12 years in various capacities, including child abuse investigator and family preservation case manager. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a master’s in social work from San Francisco State University. She also completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders. In addition, she is a licensed clinical social worker and board certified diplomat and holds a postgraduate certificate as a service integration specialist. Perry was the named plaintiff in the historic federal court case that challenged and ultimately overturned California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex couples in the state from marrying.