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Sadie Funk

Chief Executive Officer, First3Years

Sadie Funk, MS, is a ZERO TO THREE Fellow. She is Chief Executive Officer of First3Years.

Ms. Sadie Funk is CEO of First3Years, a state-wide nonprofit in Texas working to advance the healthy development of infants, toddlers, and their families. First3Years is the only organization in Texas working across sectors to improve the quality of care for infants and toddlers through developmentally-based innovative programming and systems alignment.

First3Years’ programming includes building a specialized infant-toddler workforce, addressing the unique developmental needs of maltreated children and their families, promoting early relational health, and hosting Baby Day, a celebration of the first three years of a child’s life. Central to all of First3Years’ work is equity and partnership with local community partners and families.

Prior to joining First3Years, Sadie led a dual generation program for immigrant families in Dallas and has extensive experience working with communities to drive change. Ms. Funk began her career serving with the Peace Corps in the Oriente (Amazon) Region of Ecuador.

Ms. Funk currently serves on several local and state boards/committees, including the University of Texas at Dallas – Center for Children and Families, Texas PN-3 (Pritzger) Coalition, Early Learning Alliance, Early Matters, and Help Me Grow. She is a founding board member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.

Ms. Funk graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with an MS in International Management and received her BA in Anthropology with Honors from Eckerd College.

Ms. Funk’s collective research to spotlight critical zero to three issues has been published in the Texas Tribune, ZERO TO THREE Journal, and Infant Mental Health Journal.