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Gretchen Ames, EdD

TA Specialist, National ECE Workforce Center


work within the National Workforce Technical Assistance Center team and am primarily responsible for managing the Workforce Wednesday Collaborative and associated Eblasts and Webinars. I also work on other state-specific projects related to early childhood workforce competencies, professional development systems, leadership development and systems thinking capacity building.

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

  • Managed the Community Strategy of the Prenatal-to-Three Capacity-Building Hub (coordinating and facilitating the Pritzker Fellowship, the Community Steering Committee and Communities of Practice)
  • 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