BA Psychology University of California at Berkeley
Masters in Public Administration, School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University, New York
Linda Asato brings twenty years of successful public sector, non-profit management experience, and a lifetime commitment to child and family advocacy. She understands the dynamic early childhood environment and has extensive experience in community organizing, public administration, and organizational development. As the Executive Director, Linda is at the forefront of leading the Network in its mission to inspire, inform, and advocate for a quality child care system that supports all families in California.
Prior to joining the Network, Linda served as the Executive Director of Wu Yee Children’s Services in San Francisco. She currently serves on the San Francisco Children and Families Commission (First 5 San Francisco).
Call Linda: (415) 494-4640
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BA Political Science University of California - Riverside
MBA University of California - Riverside
Tom Calhoun is the Chief Financial Officer of the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network. He oversees and directs the financial, human resource, IT and administrative functions of the organization. He collaborates with management of the various programs including membership services/public policy, research, Parent Voices, Trustline and California Child Care Initiative Project staff to provide support and a high degree of accountability and control to the organization.
Tom brings over 30 years of financial and operating experience, having worked in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. He started his career with Stryco Manufacturing Company working in their accounting department, and subsequently took a position as a contract manager working for the city and county of San Francisco administering contracts for the Clean Water Program, a division of the Department of Public Works. In 1989 Tom decided that he wanted to direct his efforts toward pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector, beginning his career with California Child Care R&R Network.
Tom serves on the audit committee of the Bay Area Council and is a member of a number of professional organizations. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and three children.
Call Tom: (415) 494-4641
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BA Liberal Studies-Behavioral & Social Science San Francisco State University
Domenica manages the California Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP), a quality improvement project, funded by the California Department of Education (CDE), Early Education & Support division (EESD).
Domenica joined the Network in 2006 as the Bilingual Training Coordinator and has since also served as the Growing, Learning, Caring Project Manager. She has traveled the state on behalf of the Network, conducting site visits, cluster meetings, and trainings; she has represented the Network at State-wide/National initiatives on topics such as nutrition and health. Prior to the Network, she coordinated an Even Start Family Literacy program, which provided Adult ESL and Parent classes for families, home visits, transportation, and quality child care.
Call Domenica: (415) 494-4655
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BSW Rutgers University, NJ
MSW Temple University, PA
Mary Ignatius is the Statewide Organizer of Parent Voices (PV), a Network project and parent-led grassroots organization fighting to make quality child care accessible and affordable for all families.
As the Statewide Organizer since 2005, Mary has infused new and existing Parent Voices chapters with her infectious energy, and sparked expanded interest and enthusiasm in the goals of Parent Voices. As a young mother and a college-educated woman of color, Mary is committed to social and economic justice, and brings passion and inspiration to her peers.
Mary has been a leader in the Marguerite Casey Foundation-funded Equal Voice for America’s Families and the Family Values @ Work Consortium, a network of 14 state coalitions advocating for economic security, paid sick days, and policies that value working families.
Prior to joining the Network, Mary worked with the Kensington Welfare Rights Union,Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, and Project SURVIVE, and has been an instructor at City College of San Francisco.
Call Mary: (415) 494-4653
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BA Global Studies Socioeconomics - University of California - Santa Barbara
MA Public Administration, The Maxwell School at Syracuse
As Research Director, Rowena manages all primary and secondary research activities, and provides technical assistance and training to member agencies on data collection, database systems, and statistics relating to Network research projects. She also manages the Network’s Statewide Data Standardization Project, which produces the biennial California Child Care Portfolio, a county-by-county statistical report about child care costs, supply, and demand throughout the state.
Call Rowena: (415) 494-4650
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BA Developmental and Experimental Psychology University of California - Santa Barbara
MS Child Development University of California - Davis
Cindy came to the Network in 1987 as Office Manager, but within five years was developing and managing TrustLine. Cindy also coordinates the Network's statewide Annual Conference held for the past 20 years at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove. Prior to working at the Network, Cindy was a preschool teacher, a recreation leader for children and adults with developmental and physical challenges, and the director of a before- and after-school program.
A mother of two, Cindy is active in PTA, and chairs the Valley Vista School Fundraising Committee.
Call Cindy: (415) 494-4642
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Lola Cornish, Co-Director of Public Policy and Membership Engagement
BS Early Childhood Education Pacific Union College
Lola Cornish has been with the Network as the Director of Member Services since June 1, 2015. Lola has spent the past fourteen years with the R&R in Napa County, has served on numerous Network committees, and most recently served as the Bay Area Regional Vice President on the Network Board of Directors. Lola holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and is a passionate advocate for children and those who care for them. She is a long-time member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Lola lives in Sacramento and has three daughters. She enjoys being involved in her community and volunteers for a variety of causes.
Call Lola: (415) 494-4661
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Keisha Nzewi, Co-Director of Public Policy and Membership Engagement
BA Social Welfare - UC Berkeley
MPH - San Francisco State University
Keisha Nzewi started with the Network in May 2016. She has many years of experience as a community organizer and policy advocate in the Bay Area. For 6 years, Keisha was the Advocacy Manager at the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland. Prior to that she was the Advocacy Director at the American Heart Association, and a Health Educator at Berkeley Youth Alternatives. Keisha's background in food policy advocacy and health add much value to The Network's advocacy and membership work. Her past work offered her many opportunities to work with federal, state, and local level elected officials. She has one 8 year old daughter, marched in the Cal Band, and runs half marathons as long as there is a big sparkly medal at the finish line.
Call Keisha: (415) 494-4654
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