Staff and Support

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Masa Kawamura

Project Child Success Manager

Masa is the Program Manager for Project Child Success. He is a firm believer in change and the power of community to come together for a collective better future. In his down time, Masa enjoys taking his puppy to the park and on hikes, exploring nature, and creating art.

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Tess Foy

Mobilization Coordinator

Tess is the Mobilization Coordinator for Project Child Success and Child Care Resources. She understands that every child, and especially children of color deserves a quality learning environment along with appropriate family supports which can give them the best possible start. She prides herself on connecting and collaborating with agencies and organizations that supports her beliefs, because we are truly Stronger Together. The more people working together for one cause, the quicker we can begin to see equitable changes in the Early Learning Field. When Tess is not working, she is either out taking in any water view or spending quality time with her family and puppy.


First 5 FUNdamentals is a non-profit organization, founded in 2008, whose mission is to support community-based initiatives in achieving their collective goals for children and families. First 5 FUNdamentals provides staffing, communications, and organizational infrastructure to Project Child Success.

LeadershipSteering Committee

Project Child Success is led and governed by a Steering Committee comprised of 6-9 community members who are committed to building systems and programs that support all children and families, and to rebuilding and replacing systems and programs that cause systemic oppression. Diversity is a strength worth celebrating. We believe fair does not mean equal, and we regularly examine our privilege and power dynamics.

Steering Committee Members

Susan Anderson-Newham

Susan Anderson Newham

Pierce County Library


Penni Belcher

South Sound 211
United Way of Pierce County

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Susie Mathews

Community Member

Judy Nelson Portrait pic

Judy Nelson

Community Member

Korean Womens Association

Leslie Mintaraga

Korean Women's Association

Alyssa Torrez Portrait Pic

Alyssa Torrez

Tacoma Housing Authority

Candy Watkins

Candy Watkins

Early Intervention Program
Pierce County