Stacy Lee is the Chief Learning Officer and Senior Managing Director, Early Childhood for Children Now, where she provides organization-wide leadership focusing on employee growth, learning and supervision, and racial equity initiatives. She also provides strategic advice for early childhood policy across education and health, in addition to overseeing our partnership with the School Health Data Team, focusing on elevating research, data and policy to improve school climate.
Prior to joining Children Now, Ms. Lee was Director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Integration at First 5 LA, where she was responsible for managing cross functional teams to execute projects critical to implementation of the agency’s new strategic plan and engage the Commission on the status of plan implementation. First 5 LA is a publicly funded entity focused on improving the lives of children 0-5 in Los Angeles County with a $200 million annual budget. She also served as the Policy Manager at First 5 LA and was responsible for managing an $18 million portfolio of grants focused on early childhood policy and advocacy; oversaw state lobbying efforts; led the agency’s policy strategy development focused on early education and home visiting advocacy; and developed partnerships and coalitions with funders and advocates at the local, state, and federal levels.
Ms. Lee holds a B.A. in geography with a focus on urban and regional development and a minor in Asian American Studies from UCLA. She also holds an Executive MBA from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.