Dr. Mann has been involved in work at the national, state and local levels for the past 25 years focused on addressing the needs of children and families, especially those living in economic and socially challenged environments. A practitioner at heart, Dr. Mann has had a longstanding interest in effectively translating research to practice. Prior to her work at The Campagna Center, she served as Executive Director of the Frederick Patterson Research Institute and as Deputy Executive Director at ZERO TO THREE. Dr. Mann has played an active role in the field of early childhood development through numerous service and professional endeavors. She has served on numerous national committees and authored articles and books on issues that address the emotional well-being of young children and the role of culture in development. Dr. Mann currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Children Development, the Buffet Early Childhood Institute, and as a former Chairman and Commissioner for Alexandria’s Children Youth and Families Collaborative Commission. She was elected as an at-large member to serve a four-year term on the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 2012. In 2016, she was appointed President of the NAEYC Governing Board for a two-year term. A former Public Policy Fellow with the American Psychological Association, Dr. Mann has also held adjunct and affiliate appointments at Howard University and George Mason University, respectively. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and completed her Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with an Interdisciplinary Specialization in Infant Studies, at Michigan State University.