Partnerships – Our Key to Success

The Cradle to Career Partnership provides the infrastructure for working across sectors to strategically inform, align, and leverage resources throughout Fresno County in order to affect change.  More than 37 partners across nine sectors are committed to improving our children’s life trajectory through the C2C Partnership.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. African Proverb

* Indicates Leadership Council Members

K-12 Education

Eric Cederquist
Superintendent Fowler Unified

Russell Freitas
Superintendent Firebaugh-Las Deltas

Juan Garza
Superintendent Kings Canyon Unified

Bob Nelson *
Superintendent Fresno Unified

Mark Sutton
Superintendent Central Unified

Steve Rosa
Superintendent Burrel Union Elementary

Jim Yovino *
Superintendent Fresno County Office of Education


Brian Pacheco *
Chair, County Board of Supervisors

Delfino Neira
Director, Fresno County Social Services

Preston Prince
CEO, Fresno Housing Authority

Jean Rousseau *
Chief Administrative Officer, County of Fresno

Lee Brand*
Mayor, City of Fresno

Higher Education

Joseph Castro *
President, California State University of Fresno

Flo Dunn
President, California Health Sciences University

Birnell Hirning
Regional Vice President, National University

Paul Parnell *
Chancellor, State Center Community College District


Lynne Ashbeck
Vice President, Population Health Community Medical Centers

Todd Suntrapak
Director, Government Relations, Valley Children’s Hospital

Ivonne Der Torosian *
Regional Vice President, Hospital Council

Greg Hund
CEO, CalViva Health

Dawan Utecht
Director, Fresno County Behavioral Health

David Pomaville
Director, Fresno County Public Health


Elizabeth Diaz
Fresno County Public Defender

Cliff Downing
Juvenile Div. Director, Fresno County Probation

Hon. Kimberly Nystrom-Geist
Juvenile Presiding Judge, Fresno Superior Court

Lisa Smittcamp
Fresno County District Attorney

Non-Profit/Community Benefit Organizations

Brian Angus *
CEO, Economic Opportunities Commission

Marilyn Bamford
Executive Director, EMQ Families First

Luis Santana
Executive Director, Reading and Beyond

Early Learning

Gayle Duffy
Executive Director, Children Services Network

Mia Price
Child Care Center, Saint Agnes Medical Center

Emilia Reyes
FIrst 5 Fresno County


Darius Assemi
CEO, Granville Foundation

Ashley Swearingen * (fiscal agent)
President and CEO, Central Valley Community Foundation

Emilia Reyes *
Executive Director, First 5 Fresno County

Lindsay Callahan
Executive Director, United Way, Fresno and Madera Counties


Jose Elgorriaga
General Manager, Univsion

Matt Rosenfeld
General Manager, KSEE-Channel 47

Marc Johnson *
Executive Director, Fresno Compact

Todd Valeri
General Manager, American Ambulance

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