Staff and Support
Masa is the Co-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.
Nneka is the Co-Manager of Project Child Success. She has a strong background in relationship building, collaborative problem solving and social justice. She is passionate about cultivating individual and community relationships and strongly believes in the power of people helping people. Nneka leads with a teamwork mentality and has a great belief that in order to spark change, it takes a team of people operating as one! When not at work, Nneka enjoys having dance parties and movie nights with her family.
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.
Leadership Steering 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
Pierce County Library
South Sound 211
United Way of Pierce County
Korean Women's Association
Tacoma Housing Authority
Early Intervention Program