ZERO TO THREE Elects New Board President

Dec 7, 2015

ZERO TO THREE is proud to announce that Dr. Ross Thompson has been elected President of the Board of Directors.

“Dr. Thompson is one of the shining lights in the child development field,” said Matthew Melmed, Executive Director of ZERO TO THREE. “His voice will guide us as we build on our legacy of helping to create a better society for infants, toddlers and families.”

ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture development. Founded in 1977, ZERO TO THREE is a leader in the field of infants, toddlers and families – reaching more than 2 million parents each year and tens of thousands of professionals. The organization brings together experts on parenting, child behavior and development, care and education, and public policymakers to help ensure every child from birth to three years old gets a strong start in life. The organization has an operating budget of $39 million with over 160 staff members.

A Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California-Davis, Dr. Thompson will help steer the organization as it continues to fulfill its mission. He is a leading expert in early personality and socio-emotional development in the context of close relationships. He has worked on the applications of developmental relational science to public policy problems concerning children and families, such as divorce and child custody, child maltreatment, grandparent visitation rights, and research ethics.

Dr. Thompson joined the ZERO TO THREE Board of Directors in December of 2005 and has chaired many committees, most recently serving as Vice President. In addition to his role at ZERO TO THREE, Ross is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science; a founding member of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child; and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for National Institute for Early Education Research.