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

Influential Statewide Commission Retains Veteran Leadership

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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.

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


First 5 California
Erin Gabel, 916-708-8895