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Gretchen Ames

PN-3 Capacity-Building Hub Community Manager


manage the Community Strategy of the Prenatal-to-Three Capacity-Building Hub, which includes coordinating and facilitating the Pritzker Fellowship, the Community Steering Committee and some of our Communities of Practice. I also work on several related projects, such as the Community Toolkit and others.

I do this work because…

I know first hand how critical our early childhood systems infrastructure is to the success of young children, their families and the educators who work with children every day, and I believe the United States has a long way to go to strengthen our infrastructure to support every child to reach their highest potential.

Work History

  • Education Director, Felton Institute, San Francisco, CA,
  • Bay Area Regional Coordinator California Resource and Referral Network, San Francisco, CA
  • Adjunct Faculty/Lecturer San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
  • Program Director Gateway to Quality, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA,
  • Program Officer, Child Care Facilities Fund, Low Income Investment Fund, San Francisco, CA
  • Statewide Program Manager, Massachusetts Leadership Empowerment Action Project, Cambridge, MA


Doctor of Education in Leadership (EdD) emphasis in early childhood, Mills College