Yasmina S. Vinci; National Head Start Association
Ms. Vinci is currently the Director of the National Head Start Association. She has delivered improvements in the lives of children at the national, state, and local levels. She comes to the National Head Start Association after several years as principal and founder of EDGE Consulting Partners. At EDGE, Ms. Vinci pursued local, national and global projects that utilized the knowledge, experience, and connections of her years in human services and early education, to enhance the capacity of organizations to thrive as competent, strategic entities capable of influencing policy. Ms. Vinci brings to her new role over ten years of executive director experience at national organizations. As the first Executive Director of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), she led NACCRRA's transition from an all-volunteer association of less than two hundred child care resource and referral agencies to a powerful national network of over eight hundred and sixty community-based organizations. In this role, she worked with affiliate organizations, other national advocacy and research organizations, the press, federal and state governments, and the US Congress to implement NACCRRA's system-building public policy agenda on early care and education. Under her leadership, NACCRRA organized the national grassroots campaign that was instrumental to securing the funding for child care in the welfare reform legislation. She began her career as the Executive Director of an inner city child care center and, prior to joining NACCRRA, Yasmina was the Manager of Special Projects in the New Jersey Department of Human Services where she managed the Dependent Care Grant, coordinated the development New Jersey's initial plan for the implementation of the Child Care and Development Block Grant, and supervised a number of research, immunization and Head Start-related projects. Ms. Vinci's board impact has also been substantial and varied. In addition to holding leadership positions on the governing Boards of the National School Age Care Alliance, the Interfaith Council for the Homeless, United Way, YWCA, Alliance for Work Life Progress, ARC and others, she has also served on numerous advisory boards and task forces, and for nine years was Commissioner on the National Head Start Fellowship Commission. Currently, Ms. Vinci serves on the Governing Board of the Council for Professional Recognition, the Board of the Children's Investment Fund, the Advisory Board of Boston EQUIP, and the National Advisory Board for the Family Initiative of Legal Momentum and the Advisory Board for Bright Horizons Family Solutions. She holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, MA.