Meet the Commission

The First 5 Placer Children and Families Commission is a semi-autonomous, self-governing commission appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Each Commissioner is a community volunteer with specialized expertise in enhancing child development.

The First 5 Placer Children and Family Commissioners oversee the investment of Proposition 10 tobacco tax money in services and resources for children prenatal through age 5 in Placer County.? Since its establishment in 1999, First 5 Placer has invested more than $29 million in local services for critical issues including, but not limited to:
  • Children's health and safety
  • Quality early care and education
  • Parent education
  • Child abuse prevention
  • Developmental screenings
  • Obesity prevention
  • Family support services
  • Maternal depression

Current Commissioners:

 Richard Saletta, LCSW, MFT, Chair, Child Behavior Health



Jeff Brown, MPH, MSW, Placer County Health & Human Services



 Jim Holmes, Placer County Board of Supervisors, District #3


Alison Schwedner, Lake Tahoe Area Representative



Lieutenant Douglas Blake, Families at Risk

Derek Hughes, MD, FAAP, Representative of Local Medical & Pediatric Services

Commissioner Recruitment
If you are interested in serving on the First 5 Placer Commission, applications are currently being accepted. The position is for a 3-year term and requires a commitment of at least 5 hours a month. The Commission considers the following qualifications for new candidates:
  1. Has significant early childhood development knowledge and experience.
  2. Has experience working with at-risk families, especially through criminal justice or family law system.
  3. Has experience living and/or working in South County.
  4. Understands the cultural complexities of our county, and is not wedded to any one approach to providing services or changing systems.
  5. Has the commitment, energy and time for the work ahead and the willingness to put his/her skills to work for the Commission.
  6. Match the Commissioner composition categories.*
*Reference the First 5 Placer Commissioner Fact Sheet to learn more about the composition categories, as well as the role and duties of Commission board members. 

Download and submit the Commisioner Application to apply.