Save the Children Action Network Names Kris Perry as its New President

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Mark Shriver Assumes role of Chief Executive Officer

Washington, D.C. (December 11, 2017) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) announced today that its president, Mark Shriver, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer and Kris Perry, now Executive Director of the First Five Years Fund, will become SCAN’s new President.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Kris’ depth and experience in early childhood development and political strategy help us take SCAN to the next level, ensuring we have an even bigger impact for kids in this country and around the world,” said Shriver, who will remain as Save the Children’s Senior Vice President for U.S. Programs and Advocacy and will continue to set and guide the overall strategy for SCAN.

“As we embark on what promises to be a consequential election season, Kris will be a huge asset to our mission to ensure that every last child has the opportunity to succeed,” said Shriver.

“I’m thrilled to join the talented team at SCAN to help achieve crucial victories for children and families across America and around the world,” said Perry. “SCAN’s unique influence and advocacy, from state houses to the halls of Congress in Washington, are particularly invaluable at a time when politics and partisanship seem to be neglecting the needs and best interests of at-risk families. I look forward to helping SCAN’s noble work to make candidates’ and lawmakers’ support for young children a deciding issue when voters cast their ballots in 2018, 2020 and beyond.”

Since its founding in 2014, SCAN has grown to having staff and volunteer leaders in seven states and a grassroots network of nearly 250,000 supporters from every state in the nation. SCAN will continue to expand in the coming years.

As the advocacy arm of Save the Children, SCAN is the political voice for kids. To ensure children have the best start in life, SCAN is building bipartisan will to ensure every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early learning and that no mother or child around the globe dies from a preventable cause.

Perry has dedicated her career to creating opportunities for those who might otherwise be left out of political and legislative agendas – particularly young children and their families. As executive director of the First Five Years Fund, Perry led the expansion of the organization’s already notable bipartisan advocacy, positioning it as an early childhood education leader in Washington, D.C., and an important partner to Shriver and SCAN. Perry was also the named plaintiff in the Hollingsworth v. Perry legal challenge to California’s Proposition 8, the landmark case argued in front of the United States Supreme Court that successfully restored marriage equality to the state of California.

Perry is a national thought leader on early childhood education. Prior to her work at the First Five Years Fund, she served as Executive Director of First 5 California, fostering their emergence as one of the most well-known and respected advocates for early childhood development on the state and national levels. Prior to that, she served as Executive Director of First 5 San Mateo County, where she implemented cutting-edge programs and led community design groups to develop countywide initiatives, including preschool for all and universal health care. Perry also served as a member of the SCAN board prior to accepting this position as president. 

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Save the Children Action Network is the political voice for kids. We believe that every child deserves the best start in life. That’s why we’re building bipartisan will and voter support to make sure every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early learning and that no mother or child around the globe dies from a preventable disease or illness. By investing in kids and holding leaders accountable, we are helping kids from birth to age five survive and thrive. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.