Meet the people that will help us select FUEL for 50 awardees.

To help review and evaluate applications, we’ve assembled a committee with diverse perspectives and shared commitment to early childhood development and support. Together they represent academic research, government, nonprofit and community perspectives.

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Julissy Acosta

Mom of soon to be four kids: unborn, 5, 7, and 9
Loretta Au

Loretta Au

Parent of two

Kassa Belay

Uncle of two
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Leslie Bushara

Parent of two: 19 and 23

Dyreeta Donahue

Parent to three kids

Katelyn Fletcher

Infant and toddler development researcher
Miguelina German

Miguelina Germán

Parent and aunt
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Walter Gilliam

Parent and child policy scientist
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David Harrington

Father of Brooklyn babies: a kindergarten-bound son and a two year old daughter

Hyoseong Nuna Kim, MD

Mother of three: aged 11, 9, and 8
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Rachel G. Payne

Parent of one child, age 10
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Chin Reyes

Parent of two children
Megan Smith

Megan Smith

Mother to two girls

Sidra Stackhouse

Mother of 10, newborn to working age
Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda

Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda

Parent of three and grandma to two grandchildren: 2 1/2 years and 4 months
Jamar Vailes

Jamar Vailes

Father of four, two girls and two boys. Guardian to a 13 year old girl who was at risk of going into the system.

Shannon Vazquez

Titi (Auntie) to seven and early childhood educator
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Wendy Wilcox

Parent of a son and a daughter