As a senior policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, Benita addresses a range of issues that affect community health. She supports local efforts to improve policies and systems, and manages projects that involve cross-sector partnerships.
Previously at Prevention Institute, Benita worked with US cities to prevent violence, especially as it affects communities of color and vulnerable groups. She staffed a statewide policy campaign to address childhood adversity at the Center for Youth Wellness. Benita also researched emerging issues affecting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and ran youth programs for a San Francisco Bay Area community foundation. She has worked as a journalist, park ranger, English teacher, and HIV test counselor.
Benita studied sociology at UC Berkeley and earned her MPH at UCLA.