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Joan Lombardi is an international expert on child development and social policy

Joan Lombardi is an international expert on child development and social policy. Over the past 40 years she has made significant contributions in the areas of child and family policy as an innovative leader and policy advisor to national and international organizations and foundations and as a public servant. She currently serves as an advisor to the Buffett Early Childhood Fund and as a senior fellow for the Bernard van Leer Foundation.

Joan served as deputy assistant secretary for Early Childhood Development for the Obama Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2009-2011). Earlier in her career, she also served in various positions during the Clinton Administration (l993-1998) including deputy assistant secretary for policy and external affairs in the Administration for Children and Families and as the first commissioner of the Child Care Bureau. She was the founding chair of the Birth to Five Policy Alliance, established by the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, and the founder of Global Leaders for Young Children, sponsored by the World Forum Foundation.

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