First 5 San Mateo County promotes positive outcomes for children and their families through strategic investments, community leadership, and effective partnerships.


4th Monday of each month, 4:00 - 6:00PM, San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, 1st Floor Conference Room, Redwood City, CA 94065

Current Membership  Title Appointed  Expires Representing
David J. Canepa                   Member                         NA                                Board of Supervisors
Iliana Rodriguez Menber 01/10/2014 N/A Board of Supervisors       
Louise Rogers, Vice-Chair Member 07/01/2015 N/A Chief, Health System
Anne Campbell Member 06/16/2010 N/A Superintendent of Schools
Michael Garb, Chair Public Member 09/11/2012 12/31/2018 Former CEO, StarVista
Lee Michelson Public Member 03/15/2011 12/31/2017 Public Member (Sequoia Healthcare District)
Sandra Phillips-Sved Public Member 07/21/2015 12/31/2018 Principal, San Mateo Park Elementary School
Pam Frisella Public Member 09/01/2015 12/31/2018 Former Redwood City Council Member
Neel Patel, M.D. Public Member 01/27/2015 12/31/2018 Public Member


Nine members consisting of one member of the Board of Supervisors, County Health System Chief, Director of the County Human Services Agency, the County Superintendent of Schools, and five members appointed by the Board of Supervisors from among the following categories: recipients of project services included in the county strategic plan; educators specializing in early childhood development; representatives of a local child care resource or referral agency or a local child care coordinating group; representatives of a local organization for prevention of early intervention for families at risk; representatives of community-based organizations that have the goal of promoting nurturing and early childhood development; representatives of local school districts; and representatives of local medical, pediatric or obstetric associations or societies. Members must be residents of San Mateo County.


Three years; serving at the pleasure of the Board, no more than two consecutive terms.


Conduct annual review of adopted Strategic Plan guidelines supporting the improvement of early childhood development within San Mateo County, revise the plan as necessary or appropriate, and conduct an annual financial audit and report. The Commission presents these items for approval at a public hearing.


Five members representing various stakeholders are appointed by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.




Monali S. Sheth, Deputy County Counsel
Office of the County Counsel
400 County Center, 6th Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063


California Children and Families First Act of 1998 and Section 130300 et. seq. of the Health and Safety Code; San Mateo County Ordinance 3889, adopted March 9, 1999, adding Chapter 2.70 consisting of Sections 2.70.010 through 2.70.080 of the San Mateo County Ordinance Code.