Early Edge California Advisory Board

Our advisory board is made up of experts in the field of early childhood education. They provide guidance and recommendations on ways to achieve Early Edge California’s mission.

Catherine Atkin 

Catherine is the Executive Director of the Early Learning Lab and the former president of Early Edge California. Prior to launching the Lab, Catherine was a Senior Advisor to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Catherine is an attorney with more than a decade of early childhood leadership and more than two decades of legal and policy experience at the federal, state and local levels. Prior to her work in the early education field, she was a public interest attorney and served as Minority Counsel for a US House of Representatives Banking and Financial Services subcommittee where she focused on urban development and housing. She graduated from Stanford University and holds a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley and Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from UCLA

Allison Fuligni 

Allison Sidle Fuligni, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at Cal State LA. Before becoming a full-time faculty member, Dr. Fuligni was Associate Director of the Center for Improving Child Care Quality at UCLA, and a Research Associate at the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research has explored early parenting, child care quality, and other contextual factors affecting the development and school readiness of children from low-income ethnically-diverse families, particularly dual-language learners. She directed a longitudinal study of diverse school-readiness experiences of low-income children in Los Angeles which is one of the few studies of its kind to follow children in Head Start, community preschools, family child care programs, or no early education as they transitioned into kindergarten. As a professor, she is committed to improving developmental contexts for young children through higher education, and is the primary advisor of Cal State L.A.’s Master’s program in Child Development.

Katie Fallin 

Katie is an independent consultant with more than 20 years of experience working on issues related to children and families in the greater Los Angeles area. Her areas of expertise include early childhood development, early childhood education and preschool, early child assessment, as well as policy and systems change. For the last 18 years she held a variety of positions at First 5 LA in the areas of research and early care and education. She earned her BA degree from Scripps College and her PhD in applied developmental psychology from Claremont Graduate University.

Jan Fish 

Jan is the co-lead consultant at Partnerships in Education, Articulation, and Collaboration in Higher Education (PEACH), a Higher Education group committed to preparing a qualified and effective Early Childhood Education (ECE) workforce. She has over 40 years of experience working in Early Care and Education (ECE). She has taught and directed in early childhood center programs and has served as higher education faculty member at several community colleges and as a faculty member and Coordinator of both the BA in Child Development and the MA in Early Childhood Education at California State University Northridge for more than 30 years. Currently, she serves on the California Core Team developing a state implementation plan for higher education in response to the IOM report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8. Jan holds an EdD in Early Childhood and Developmental Studies. 

Additional Early Edge California Advisors

The following advisors inform our strategies, build our network, raise our profile, and deepen our engagement in the early childhood education field.

Libby Doggett 

Early Learning Expert and Consultant. Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy and Early Learning at the US Department of Education.  

Albert Wat

Senior Policy Director at the Alliance for Early Success. 

Marlene Zepeda 

Professor Emerita, California State University Los Angeles