Mabel Muñoz leads the Early Childhood Development U.S. initiative. In her role, she oversees a grantmaking portfolio that supports young children’s healthy development, as well as improved economic and health outcomes for their families and communities. Muñoz most recently worked at the Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) leading the Early Childhood Programs department. She was responsible for the implementation of several initiatives that supported the early learning and care field in preparing children for school and life. Prior to joining VCOE, Muñoz worked at First 5 Los Angeles where she managed an $86 million grantmaking portfolio focused on early care and education, workforce development, policy and advocacy, and health. Muñoz holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Graziadio School of Business Management at Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Los Angeles.