First 5 Marin announced Maria Niggle as its new executive director. Niggle has experience across Marin County and with countless community partners, along with a dedication to equity of opportunity for children in Marin.
Most recently, she was the director of Early Childhood and Community Collaboratives at Marin Promise Partnership, advocating for equitable, systemic change in Marin County schools to support all children from cradle to career— including enthusiastic support for the “Community Schools” movement. She previously served as a social worker for the County of Marin, a “promatora” (health promoter), and as the director of strategic research for WestEd. She was the co-founder of “Abriendo Caminos,” an immigrant leadership program and served as the chair of the West Marin Collaborative.
“My goal is to ensure every child in Marin has a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start in life,” Niggle said.