Published: July 5, 2016
Today, marks Angie Dillon-Shore’s first day as the executive director of First 5 Sonoma County. Dillon-Shore was selected after a nation-wide recruitment process to replace the former executive director Alfredo Perez, who retired earlier this year.
“I am very excited to start as the new executive director for First 5 Sonoma County. My entire professional career spanning over 30 years has focused on supporting families and their children impacted by poverty, structural inequity and violence. First 5 Sonoma County plays a unique role in our community by supporting not only children but their parents in becoming engaged role models for their families. I look forward to continuing the great work done by the current staff and the First 5 Sonoma County Commission,” stated Dillon-Shore.
Most recently, Dillon-Shore was with the County of Sonoma Human Services Department where she led the Upstream Investments initiative. Prior to joining Human Services, she served as the Director of Healthy Communities Programs at Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County (CAP). At CAP Sonoma she oversaw school readiness and parent education programs including First 5 Sonoma County-funded AVANCE and Pasitos, which help prepare low-income, Latino young children for school success and connect their parents with community resources and educational opportunities . Dillon-Shore currently serves as a volunteer board member for the Center for Innovation and Resources, a statewide organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect.
Board of Supervisor and First 5 Commissioner Shirlee Zane stated, “We couldn’t be happier with the selection of Angie Dillon-Shore. Angie has proven herself to be a strong champion for children and is someone who truly understands the value of investing early. She has the kind of vision and determination we need in the next leader of First 5, and is ready to do the work needed to ensure all the children in our county have a healthy start to life.”
The mission of First 5 Sonoma County is to maximize the healthy development of all Sonoma County children from the prenatal stage through age five through support, education, and advocacy. First 5 Sonoma County promotes and funds programs to improve children’s health and healthy development, ensure families are supported and nurturing, and provide all children with access to high quality early care and education
The nine-member First 5 Sonoma County Commission was established through the California Children and Families First Act of 1998 and directed to promote, support, and improve the early development of children from the prenatal stage through five years of age. The Act established a tobacco tax which funds the work of this Commission.
Read the official Sonoma County press release