Dawn Gerundo received her Bachelors of Liberal Studies in Early Childhood Education and Business Management from Charter Oaks State College. She has 35 years of experience working in education and has been working as a Community Impact Director for Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW). She is a strong advocate for education, with a passion for early childhood. Dawn is involved in working on breaking the cycle of poverty for children and families in Maricopa County. Her professional interests focus on school readiness, early literacy, and community/family engagement. Her current projects include facilitating Read On Avondale, serving on the executive committee for Read On Phoenix and leading early grade and school readiness initiatives for VSUW. She oversees all the VSUW funding partnerships through grants and contracts for children. In addition, she serves as an advisory board member for Catholic Charities Westside Head Start program and has served on the Arizona State Board of Education K–3 Literacy Ad Hoc.