Leading for Kids
Making Kids a Priority on the National Policy Agenda

About Leading for Kids

What we’re about

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Our Mission

Learn more about our mission and how we plan to build a culture that more deeply values children by checking out our Strategic Plan.


our Team

Leading for Kids is made up of doctors, hospital presidents, and leaders from the non-profit and philanthropic sectors. Read more about our expertise below.



David Alexander, MD


David’s career as a pediatrician and advocate for children spans more than three decades. He is currently President of Leading for Kids, which was established in 2018 with initial funding from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, with the mission to create a society that puts children first.

From 2007 to 2018, David served as President and CEO of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, where his many accomplishments included leading the Foundation’s fundraising efforts, resulting in more than $800 million raised during his tenure. David also worked to actively engage clinical staff and board members in philanthropy and personally led solicitation efforts resulting in several transformational gifts.

David served as President for Devos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 2002 to 2005, directing all aspects of operations including strategic planning, clinical quality, physician alignment, and community relations.

For nine years, David was Medical Director and Administrator at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Prior to Blank Children’s, he served as Medical Director and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from 1988 to 1993.

From 1984 to 1988, David served as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Inpatient Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University, where, in 1987, he was named “Pediatric Faculty Member of the Year.”

He has served on numerous boards including The National Association of Children’s Hospitals Board of Directors and Stanford Child Health Research Institute Board of Directors. He sits on four editorial boards related to pediatric medicine and is, himself, a published author.


Lindsay Okamoto

Project Manager/Communications Specialist

Lindsay is a connector of people and ideas, a storyteller, and a dedicated child advocate.  As the Leading for Kids’ project manager/communications specialist, she brings more than 15 years of experience in non-profit work, including tenure as the senior communications officer and director of stewardship at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and Stanford University’s Office of Medical Center Development. From these roles, she is most proud of the relationships formed with patients, families, and physicians, and grateful for the opportunities to share their stories and the impact of community philanthropy.

Other professional experiences include: providing in-house corporate communications in the Silicon Valley; delivering community-based mental-health services in Chicago; coordinating School-to-Work activities at a Portland, Oregon high school; and conducting research on Head Start in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to her most recent return to the Bay Area, Lindsay was a freelance writer and development consultant in Austin, Texas. She earned an MA in social service administration from the University of Chicago and a BS in psychology from UC Davis.


Board of directors


Matt James

Senior Counselor, GMMB

Matt has long been a non-profit and philanthropic leader, and is recognized as an innovator in communications initiatives for social good, both in the Bay Area and nationally. Matt’s award-winning contributions extend to strategic communications and campaigns in health, climate change, and early childhood development. He most recently was a visiting scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where he worked to increase funding on health and climate change. Matt was co-founder and president of Next Generation and spent many years at the Kaiser Family Foundation, where he was a principal architect of Kaiser Health News and oversaw the Foundation’s media and public education work. He began his career in politics, serving as a key aide to Congressman Mo Udall as well as Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Dale Bumpers. Passionate about public health, Matt currently serves on the board of the CDC Foundation, as well as advisory committees for the National Wildlife Federation and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.

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Elaine Chambers

Board Member, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health

Elaine Chambers has been a board member of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health since 2006, and served as board chair from 2015-2018.  She also served on the board of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford from 2015-2018.  Elaine and her husband, John, support both local and national educational and health related institutions such as The Boys and Girls Club of the Mid Peninsula, The Children’s Health Council, All Students Matter, The Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, and West Virginia University business and educational initiatives.  


Edward Schor, MD

Ed is recognized as a guiding voice in child health care systems improvement and public policy, early childhood systems, and maternal and child health. He recently retired from his role as senior vice president, programs and partnerships, at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, where he directed programmatic and grantmaking activities, with the latter focusing on health care system improvement for children with chronic health conditions. Prior to this position, he was vice president at The Commonwealth Fund, where he led efforts related to child health policy and practice and state health care reform. He was medical director and policy director for the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Earlier in his career, Ed was medical director of The Chesapeake Health Plan in Baltimore; chief of the division of general pediatrics at the University of New Mexico; responsible for grantmaking programs on Medical Education, Medical Ethics, and Improving Functional Outcomes and Well-Being with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; and director of the Functional Outcomes Program at the New England Medical Center. He received post-doctoral training in social and behavioral sciences, and has a special interest in the social determinants of child health and family functioning. Ed served on the editorial boards of several pediatric journals; edited the book, Caring for Your School-Age Child; presented and published extensively on systemic issues of children’s health care; and chaired the Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption and Dependent Care and the national Task Force on the Family for the American Academy of Pediatrics.