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ZERO TO THREE Announces Pia Valdivia as New Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Nonprofit announces new senior management team member to guide critical work for the organization

WASHINGTON — ZERO TO THREE, the country’s leading early childhood development nonprofit dedicated to ensuring all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life, this week welcomed Pia Valdivia to the organization as its new Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFAO). Valdivia succeeds Laura Shiflett, who served as the organization’s CFAO for nine years. Valdivia will lead the financial and administrative operations for the organization, including grant and contract administration, subcontracting and legal review, finance, office services and information technology.

ZERO TO THREE Executive Director Matthew Melmed stated:

“We are delighted to welcome Pia to our team. With deep knowledge and extensive experience in nonprofit financial management, Pia is an exceptional fit for this critical role. I’m confident that our mission will be well-served by her leadership and expertise.

“On behalf of the entire ZERO TO THREE team, I want to thank Laura for her dedicated leadership throughout her tenure and during this seamless transition. She has been a valued colleague, providing strategic guidance and building a world-class finance and administrative team during an extraordinary period of growth and impact for the organization. We wish her the very best!”

Pia Valdivia Headshot

Valdivia joins the organization from the Salzburg Global Seminar, where she served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. She has also held the positions of Chief Financial Officer at Results for Development Institute, and Director of Finance and Administration at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

“It’s an honor to join this exceptional organization,” said Valdivia. “ZERO TO THREE has been a champion for babies and the critical importance of the early years for decades, and I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to continue to advance the mission.”

Valdivia received her Executive M.B.A from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, her M.B.A. in Corporate and International Finance from the University of Miami, and her B.A.-M.A. in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Innsbruck. She also holds a certificate in forensic accounting from Georgetown University.


ZERO TO THREE works to ensure all babies and toddlers benefit from the family and community connections critical to their well-being and development. Since 1977, the organization has advanced the proven power of nurturing relationships by transforming the science of early childhood into helpful resources, practical tools and responsive policies for millions of parents, professionals and policymakers. For more information, and to learn how to become a ZERO TO THREE member, please visit zerotothree.org, facebook.com/ZEROTOTHREE or follow @ZEROTOTHREE on Twitter.

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