New Report: Employing and Engaging Families with Young Children, 2024

Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission

Our Approach

The Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission is a partnership of business leaders dedicated to making the success of every child in Pennsylvania a top priority. We work to improve tomorrow’s economy through smart policy and investment in today’s young children by fostering public and private sector investment in high-quality early learning programs. These investments are essential to assure the best possible return - Pennsylvania’s edge in the national and global marketplace.

Our Focus

The Commission’s work raising awareness, supporting policy and budget investments, and working in local communities to expand access to high quality early learning is based on four pillars:

The Future of
Our Commonwealth

Investing in early learning is critical to the future. By age five, 85 percent of the brain is wired for learning. Quality early learning programs ensure that today’s children can reach their full potential and become the next generation of entrepreneurs, scientists and business leaders.

Our Policy Goals

We work with the Executive and Legislative branches to provide advice and support for policies and investments that are educationally, economically and scientifically sound and that serve an increased number of at-risk children.

Families & Children

When families thrive, children do too. The Commission is focused on ensuring a high-quality start for all children. We are committed to making Pennsylvania a great place to raise kids, regardless of family income or zip code.

The Economy

Early learning has a lasting positive effect on kids and our economy. Investment in early learning generates an estimated return of 13 percent a year for the economy. Children in quality early learning programs need fewer supports in school, are more likely to complete high school, earn higher wages, and avoid unhealthy behaviors


Austin Davis

Lt. Governor,
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Stephanie Doliveira

Executive Vice President, People and Culture, Sheetz, Inc.

Honorary Co-Chair

Dr. Janet Haas, M.D.

Chair Emeritus,
William Penn Foundation


Kendra Aucker

President and CEO, Evangelical Community Hospital

Luke Bernstein

President and CEO, PA Chamber of Business & Industry

Joseph P. Brennan

Global Chief Risk Officer,

Dr. Michelle Burroughs, CCDP

Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, WSFS Bank

Robert Cherry


Cristina Coolidge

Vice President, Total Rewards and Talent Analytics, Capital Blue Cross

Gregory E. Deavens

President and CEO,
Independence Blue Cross

Philip Devorris

President and Chief Executive Officer, Blair Companies

Lee Falconieri

Vice President, Human  Resources, Dunmore Corporation

Timothy Fallon

CEO Emeritus,
Lehigh Valley Public Media

Thomas Foley, Sr.

President, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania

Roxanna L. Gapstur

President and CEO,
WellSpan Health

Carol Gauker

Office Managing Partner,

Amy Grippi

Manager, Government and Public Services Practice, Deloitte

Alex Grover


Brad Hall

Retired President,
UGI Energy Services

Dr. Brandy Hershberger, DNP RN MSN CEN

Chief Nursing Officer, VP of Academic Affairs, UPMC Centers for Nursing Excellence

James R. Hoehn

Regional President Central PA,
PNC Bank

Jody Irwin

Benefits Erie Insurance

Julia Klein

Independent Board Director
& Advisor

Robert Krasne

Chairman and CEO, Steinman Communications

Edward Lada

President and CEO,
Goodwill Keystone Area

Hugh Lavery

Senior Vice President, Government and External Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

Bertram L. Lawson II

President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Brandywine

Alice Lindenauer

Human Rescources Consultant

Mark Longietti

Director, Business and Community Development, City of Hermitage

Douglas I. Oliver

Senior Vice President, Governmental, Regulatory and External Affairs, PECO

Alan Ottinger

QIC, Inc. 

Timothy Phelps

Executive Director, Transportation Management Association of Chester County

Michael Plazony

Partner, Life Insurance Practice, MVP Advisory Group, LLC

George Rable

Chief Culture and People Officer, Benco Dental

Mustafa Rashed

President and CEO, Bellevue Strategies

J.B. Reilly

President and Cofounder, 
City Center Allentown

L. Michael Ross

President, Franklin County Area Development Corporation

Dr. Kendra Ross

Head of Social Impact,

Audrey Russo

President and Chief CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council 

Michelle Sandidge

Chief Community Affairs Officer, Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh

Kurt A. Schertle

Chief Operating Officer,
Weis Markets 

Kevin Schreiber

President and CEO, York County Economic Alliance

Kevin Schreiber

President and CEO, York County Economic Alliance

Gov. Mark Schweiker

Former Governor and SVP, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Senior Vice President, Corporate Development Officer, Renmatix

Nick Scott Jr.

Vice President,
Scott Enterprises

LaTrenda Sherrill

Common Cause Consultants

Troy Standish

Senior Vice President, 

Chatón T. Turner, Esq.

Senior Associate Counsel and VP, Risk Management and Disabilities Services, UPMC

James Waddington, Jr.

Sr. Director, Strategic Engagements, Mercury Systems

Kelly Weaver

USW Sub District Director,
United Steelworkers

Andrew Williford

Head of Human Resources, Sales Americas, Volvo CE, North America

Jake Witherell

Chief Operating Officer, 
Schell Games

Kate Woods

Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Schweiger Dermatology Group

Steven Wray

Executive Director, Block Center for Technology and Society, 
Carnegie Mellon University

Emeritus Advisory Council

Gene Barr

Advisor and Former President and CEO, PA Chamber of Business & Industry

Donald Bernhard

Executive Director, Downtown Allentown Community Development Initiative

John Brennan

Chairman Emeritus and Senior Advisor, Vanguard 

Peter Brubaker

President, Hammer Creek Enterprises, LLC

Anthony Campisi

Chairman of the Board, Glatfelter Insurance Group

Joe Crosswhite

Former Area Executive,
M&T Bank

Peter Danchak

Regional President, Northeast PA, PNC Bank

Honorable Chester Harhut

Senior Judge, Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas

Dan Hoover

Chairman and CEO,
Roaring Spring Paper Products

William Isler

President Emeritus,
Fred Rogers Productions

Gerald Maginnis

Former Philadelphia Office Managing Partner, KPMG

Phyllis Mundy

Retired State Representative, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Kathleen Pavelko

CEO Emerita, 
WITF Public Media

Norman Rich

Former President and CEO, Weis Markets

J. Donald Steele Jr.

Chairman of the Board, The Northumberland National Bank

Vincentina Taylor

Waveline Direct, LLC