Early Childhood Funders Collaborative Leadership & Staff
Shannon L. Rudisill Executive Director
Shannon Rudisill is the first Executive Director of the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, assuming the position in November 2016. Under her leadership, ECFC is pursuing a strategy of growth and strategic engagement with partners across philanthropy to build capacity for supporting policies and practices that help young children and their families thrive.
Prior to joining ECFC, Shannon was the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development at the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Shannon served on the Obama Administration’s senior leadership team for early childhood programs, setting strategy for ACF programs such child care and Head Start, as well as programs jointly administered with the U.S. Department of Education, such as the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge and the Preschool Development Grants. She is especially proud of the $500 million Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership grants which will bring higher quality early care and comprehensive services to thousands of infants and toddlers from families in poverty.
From 2009-2014, Shannon was the Director of ACF’s Office of Child Care (OCC). OCC administers the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), which provides over $5 billion per year to States, Territories, and over 500 Tribal communities to provide child care for about 1.5 million children each month. At OCC, Shannon tirelessly pursued strategies to make child care work better for families and to ensure that children are served in safe, healthy, and nurturing early learning and afterschool programs. Under her leadership, the Obama Administration’s principles for child care reform were reflected in the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant for the first time in almost 18 years.
Rena supports ECFC’s state and local EC Funder Collaboratives project and other programming. For more than 20 years, she has served in numerous roles for national non-profit public health and philanthropic initiatives and organizations including: managing adolescent health programming at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs; and directing early childhood and maternal and child health programming for Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families. Prior to joining ECFC, she also served in a consulting role with the Funders Group on Parent Organizing, Family Engagement and Leadership Development. Email Rena
Chere Williams Program & Membership Associate
Chere supports ECFC’s member outreach, committees, and programming. She has over Chere has over 17 years of extensive experience in associations with an emphasis in membership. Along with being a membership manager for premiere associations such as ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership and America’s Health Insurance Plans in Washington, DC, Chere also has expertise in volunteer, account, and event management and building online communities. Chere lives in Takoma Park, MD and is a devoted mom to her daughter and her adorable Shorkie. Email Chere