Frank S. Furtek is First 5 California's Chief Counsel. Frank has devoted his 30 year legal career in public service to working in the health and human services arena. Frank joined the Solano County Counsel's Office in 1985, representing the county in dependency and child welfare matters.
Frank spent 18 years at the California Attorney General's Office, working exclusively for the Health, Education and Welfare Section. He litigated numerous cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts; his legal highlight was appearing before the United States Supreme Court when the Department of Social Services was challenged for imposing durational residency requirements on prospective welfare recipients.
In 2004, Frank was tapped to serve as the Chief Counsel for the California Health and Human Services Agency, and was responsible for the coordination of legal services for the 13 state departments, boards, and offices under the Agency's purview, including the Departments of Health Care Services, Mental Health, and Social Services. In 2009, he worked for a year and a half at the California Department of Social Services as its Chief Counsel. Frank started at First 5 California in 2013.