Governor Brown Reappoints George Halvorson and Muntu Davis to First 5 California Commission

Influential Statewide Commission Retains Veteran Leadership

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--()--Today, California Governor Jerry Brown announced the reappointment of George Halvorson and Dr. Muntu Davis to the California Children and Families Commission, also known as First 5 California. Commissioners Halvorson and Davis gladly accepted reappointment to the First 5 California, which is viewed as a nationwide leader in early learning and child care programs for children ages 0 to 5.

“We are extremely fortunate to have them at First 5 California.”

Commissioner Halvorson was first appointed by Governor Brown to chair First 5 California in May 2013. During his tenure, Commissioner Halvorson helped spearhead the award-winning Talk. Read. Sing® campaign, which encourages early engagement between parents and their children from birth, in order to help build and strengthen brain connections in children.

As the former chair and CEO of Kaiser Permanente and president and CEO of Health Partners (Minnesota), Commissioner Halvorson brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to the Commission. He is a published author and his latest book, the well-received Three Key Years, focuses on the science and benefits associated with exercising children’s brains at the youngest ages.

Dr. Davis is the Public Health Department Director and County Health Officer for Alameda County, California. His reappointment helps the Commission maintain its high-level commitment to children and their well-being. As the top medical professional in Alameda County, Dr. Davis has formed a strong alliance with local governments, including acting as an advisor to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and other community organizations.

Dr. Davis is a leader in strategic planning, the development and implementation of public health policy and practices, and fiscal management. He has held multiple positions at the Continuity of Instruction to Reinforce Our Children's Learning Environment (C.I.R.C.L.E.) program at the Tom Bradley Elementary School and received both his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

“George and Muntu are both highly-qualified and respected professionals. Their motivation, support, and collaboration on policies benefitting California’s children and families are immeasurable. Their dedication, hard work, and commitment will continue improving the lives of California’s vulnerable populations,” said First 5 California Executive Director, Camille Maben, adding, “We are extremely fortunate to have them at First 5 California.”

About First 5 California

First 5 California, also known as the California Children and Families Commission, was established after voters passed Proposition 10 in November 1998, which added a tax on tobacco products to fund education, health, childcare, and other services for children ages 0 to 5 and their families. Its programs and resources are designed to educate teachers, parents, grandparents, and caregivers about the critical role they play during a child's first five years – with the overarching goal of helping more California kids grow up healthy and ready to succeed in school and in life. For more information, please visit


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