ECFC Member News

Buffet Early Childhood Fund Leader Among 2020 Inclusive Leader Awardee Recipients

December 2020

ECFC is proud to celebrate our member, Portia Kennel, Senior Advisor at the Buffett Early Childhood Fund who is among the 2020 Inclusive Leader Award recipients sponsored by Global MindEd.

Portia is a long time leader an advocate in early childhood education.  Prior to her role at Buffet, she served as senior vice president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund and as executive director of the Educare Learning Network where she designed, implemented and scaled effective, research-based early childhood education and family support models. In 2000, she created the first Educare School in Chicago to serve children from birth to 5 years old and led the expansion of the program to many diverse communities across the country.

Global MindED is dedicated to creating a capable, diverse talent pipeline across many disciplines. Portia’s award spotlights the critical role early childhood plays in creating a more equitable society.

Learn more about the 2020 Inclusive Leader Award and honorees.