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Peter Breen

Peter is a senior fellow with the Child Welfare League of America, and the former head of Centerforce, a non-profit agency based at San Quentin State Prison. Centerforce serves over 300,000 visiting children at the state’s 33 prisons. Formerly, Peter served as the mayor of San Anselmo, Marin County welfare director, and president of the American Public Welfare Association (now the American Association of Public Human Services Administrators) in Washington D.C. Peter has an M.S. from the University of Southern California. He also holds an M.S.W. and an L.C.S.W.

Nina Buthee

Nina, the executive director for the California Child Development Administrators Association, a non-profit membership association of administrators of publicly funded child development centers throughout California, also sits on the board of HandsOn Bay Area. Nina holds a B.S. in international relations and political science from Simmons College and an M.S. in international law and diplomatic studies from the Diplomatic Academy of London and Oxford University.
Board of directors
IFDI is a small, nimble organization, managed by a volunteer CEO and board of directors. Our low overhead allows us to dedicate at least 90% of all received funds directly to projects. The directors' breadth and depth of experience in a wide variety of domestic and international education and welfare projects, gives us unusual insight into the details that reliably predict success. We apply this experience when we identify, evaluate and ultimately fund projects that have the highest possible potential for long-term, sustainable benefits to their constituencies.

Eduardo Caballero

Eduardo is co-founder and executive director of Edventure More, an award-winning San Francisco-based non-profit inspiring the pursuit of educational enrichment in the next generation. Edventure More has served thousands of students through innovative school-year, after-school and summer camp programs, many in partnerships with local museums. Most recently, he was center director for SCORE! Afterschool Educational Centers. Eduardo is a graduate of Cornell University.

Sue Houweling

Sue is the owner and operator of Play & Learn School in Contra Costa County, California. She is a past president of the Professional Association for Childhood Education (PACE),and currently serves on the PACE Board as vice president of administration. She is also on the boards of the Child Care Council in Contra Costa County; the National Child Care Association (NCCA), where she is vp of membership; and the Contra Costa County Local Planning Council, where she is vice-chair. 

Yolanda Garcia

Yolanda Garcia, director of the WestEd E3 (Excellence in Early Education) Institute in Santa Clara, was the 2007 recipient of the Paul D. Hood award for distinguished contributions to early education. A Ford Fellow, she’s a former director of the Children’s Services Dept., Santa Clara County Office of Education, and was instrumental in the development of Early Head Start. In July 2010, she was a discussion leader at Social Justice: An Interdisciplinary Perspective at Oxford University. Among other degrees, she holds an Ed. D. in organization and leadership from the School of Education at Univ. of San Francisco, and an M.S. in social services administration from the Univ. of Chicago.

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Above, Celso and Manuela buying school supplies (see Five 4 Five, a recipient of an IFDI micro-grant in Marin County, California; see U.S. Programs)