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Gerry Cobb


Gerry Cobb is the director of the Pritzker Children's Initiative at the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, overseeing the foundation's investments in early childhood development. Before joining the foundation, she served as state services director for the BUILD Initiative and was the primary liaison to states in supporting their efforts to build comprehensive early childhood systems.

Previously, she worked for 13 years for North Carolina's Smart Start Initiative. Prior to her move into the early childhood realm, she was executive director of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, a program officer for the Asia Foundation, and a legislative assistant to a member of Congress.

Expansion of pre-K is welcome, but it shouldn't come at the expense of the needs of infants and toddlers.