Marice Ashe, JD, MPH
The founder and chief executive officer of ChangeLab Solutions, Marice Ashe has launched a number of groundbreaking efforts to improve public health through the use of law and policy. Under her leadership, ChangeLab Solutions builds the capacity of leaders across the nation to address a range of chronic diseases through practical policy solutions. ChangeLab Solutions' team of lawyers, city planners, architects, and policy specialists develop model laws and policies, consult on tough policy questions, and provide training and technical assistance to ensure strong policy initiatives and sustainable solutions. Marice is a frequent speaker at public health conferences throughout the nation, and she consults with federal and state agencies on how best to incorporate legal and policy tools into public health strategies. Marice graduated from University of Notre Dame, and received her MPH and JD from UC Berkeley. To learn more about Marice and ChangeLab Solutions, click here.
Sabrina Adler, JD
As senior staff attorney & program director, Sabrina works primarily on legal and policy issues related to school foods and food marketing to children. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she was a staff attorney at the Child Care Law Center, where she assisted legal aid attorneys with child care cases and did policy work on health and obesity prevention in the child care setting, due process protections for parents with child care subsidies, and child care licensing standards. In addition, she received a Skadden Foundation Fellowship to found the San Francisco Medical-Legal Partnership (a collaboration between Bay Area Legal Aid and San Francisco General Hospital), in which she provided direct legal services to low-income pediatric patients and their families. Her practice included advocacy in the areas of housing, health, public benefits, disability, education, and family law. Sabrina graduated from Brown University (magna cum laude) and Stanford Law School.
Allison Allbee, MCP, MS Arch
Allison is a program director at ChangeLab Solutions, where she co-leads projects focused on expanding access to safe, stable, affordable housing and healthy neighborhoods. These projects aim to address the harms of discrimination and build the capacity of local governments, institutions, and resident groups to create healthy and inclusive communities. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she taught in several circus and performing arts programs, worked in juvenile halls and group homes, and ran a program that worked to develop equitable educational assessment systems. Allison graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a bachelor's degree in community studies and received concurrent master’s degrees in architecture and city planning from UC Berkeley.
Ted is ChangeLab Solutions’ communications and development associate. He manages the systems and data used for digital communications and supports business development and donor relations. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Ted helped grow Bay Area nonprofits and small businesses as the digital communications specialist for PJS Consultants. He has also worked toward creating safe and healthy homes for low-income families and elderly residents as the outreach and volunteer coordinator for Rebuilding Together San Francisco. Ted graduated from California State University, Chico, with a bachelor’s degree in operations management.
Nadia Bari, JD
As contracts manager at ChangeLab Solutions, Nadia supports the Finance and Operations teams in risk management and organizational compliance. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Nadia managed legal and strategic operations for Berkeley Executive Education at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. Nadia graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in public policy and received her JD from UC Berkeley.
Sara Bartel, JD
As a staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, Sara works on issues related to healthy, sustainable communities: air quality, healthy housing, nutritious food and beverages, tobacco control, and active living. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she was an associate at Morrison & Foerster, LLP, with an active pro bono practice supporting marriage equality and helping tenants negotiate eviction proceedings. In law school, Sara was a member of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation's Food Law & Policy Clinic and the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic. She has worked with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the Conservation Law Foundation, the Environmental Law Institute, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of the General Counsel. Sara graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude, and received her JD from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor on the Environmental Law Review.
Nessia Berner Wong, MPH
Nessia is a senior policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, focusing on food systems, including equitable procurement, healthy vending, and federal food policy. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she spent 5 years at the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service, working on school nutrition programs throughout the western United States. At the USDA, Nessia worked on program eligibility as well as certification and verification policy, and she managed child nutrition grants in American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands. She also served as an agriculture and food security volunteer for Peace Corps Nicaragua and managed the Grand Lake Farmers Market in Oakland, CA. Nessia received her BA in international relations from the University of Southern California and her MPH in community health education from San Francisco State University.
Jessica Breslin, JD
As a staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, Jessica works primarily on law and policy related to tobacco control. Jessica comes to ChangeLab Solutions from Bay Area Legal Aid, where she provided civil legal services coordination, advice, and direct representation at the Alameda County Collaborative Court and built a project that provides special education and SSI advocacy to disabled, delinquency-involved foster youths. Jessica also represented adults with significant mental health impairments on their release from jail in a variety of public benefits matters. Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in social work and politics from New York University and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
As a senior planner at ChangeLab Solutions, Erik focuses on the links between the built environment and health. He conducts research, prepares strategies, and develops tools to help communities support healthy living and sustainability. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Erik worked for 13 years as an urban design consultant. He has led multidisciplinary teams on streetscape and public space design, district and corridor restructuring, city planning, neighborhood development, and downtown revitalization projects. He has given presentations to a wide variety of audiences on a range of urban design topics. Erik received a Bachelor of Arts in architecture from Yale University, with a focus on urban design and sustainability.
Derek Carr, JD
As a staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, Derek works on issues related to air quality, healthy housing, tobacco control, healthy eating, and active living. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, he was a legal fellow at the Network for Public Health Law – Southeastern Region, where he focused on drug overdose prevention. Derek also worked on Medicaid advocacy issues as a legal intern at the National Health Law Program’s (NHeLP) Carrboro, North Carolina office. In law school, Derek spent multiple terms in the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, providing direct legal services to low-income individuals on housing and employment matters. Derek received both his BA in public policy and political science and his law degree from the University of North Carolina.
Cesar De La Vega, JD
As a policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, Cesar’s portfolio includes health equity, schools and child health, healthy housing, and creating active, accessible communities for all. He previously advocated for civil rights and environmental justice at The City Project in Los Angeles, and served in the Office of the General Counsel at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. Cesar received his BA from UCLA and JD from Stanford Law School.
As ChangeLab Solutions’ operations manager, Alex works to improve internal operations and infrastructure in the workplace. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Alex worked in the hospitality industry for nearly 8 years, primarily with luxury brands Fairmont and Action Property Management. He also served in the Peace Corps as an environmental education volunteer in Morocco, where he did a botanical inventory of the national park he was assigned to and worked closely with his village association to build a reservoir in order to increase food security. Alex graduated from the University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in international studies and English.
Saneta deVuono-powell, JD, MCP
Saneta is a program director, senior staff attorney, and planner at ChangeLab Solutions, where she co-leads projects focused on expanding access to safe, stable, affordable housing and healthy neighborhoods. These projects aim to address the harms of discrimination and build the capacity of local governments, institutions, and resident groups to create healthy and inclusive communities. Saneta has over a decade of experience working on issues of racial justice and conducting participatory research, with a focus on criminal justice and housing rights. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked as a consultant on affordable housing and reentry issues for the formerly incarcerated. Saneta was a racial justice fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and a Fulbright scholar in Spain. She received her bachelor's degree from Sarah Lawrence College and both her law degree and her master's degree in city planning from UC Berkeley.
Alexis Etow, JD
Alexis is a senior staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, where she leads the organization’s work at the intersection of education and health. This work focuses on developing legal and policy strategies that advance safe and supportive learning environments, resiliency, and health equity. Previously, she has worked for local, state, and federal agencies and has covered a range of areas, including tobacco control and youth targeted marketing, food policy, affordable housing, and environmental justice. Outside of ChangeLab Solutions, Alexis co-leads The First Tee of San Francisco's youth mentorship program, helping young people navigate social and economic barriers through skills development, confidence building, and college preparedness. She received her BA from Princeton University and her JD from the Washington College of Law at American University.
As ChangeLab Solutions' human resources and operations administrator, Emily works collaboratively to carry out employee life cycle processes and to streamline and improve organizational procedures in service of making ChangeLab Solutions a great place to work. Emily has a background in sustainable agriculture and food justice, which has allowed her to work with a diversity of projects, including youth-focused nonprofits, community urban farms, farmers markets, an Asian vegetable seed company, and as co-owner and operator of her own small farm business. Emily is a proud Oakland native. She graduated from Oberlin College with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and holds a certificate in ecological horticulture from UC Santa Cruz’s Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems.
As a staff assistant at ChangeLab Solutions, Dan supports tobacco control and other program areas. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Dan worked as a grant writer at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, which provides art studio and gallery promotion opportunities to artists with disabilities. He also worked as a legal associate in a consumer law practice and a staff attorney at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Before his legal work, Dan worked in grants administration at the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and the Breast Cancer Fund. Dan holds a BA in psychology and an MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He earned his JD at UC Berkeley.
As a senior policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, Phebe works primarily on childhood obesity prevention and food access. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Phebe worked at the Prevention Institute, where she supported efforts to promote healthy foods and physical activity. While at the Prevention Institute, Phebe also coauthored a study on food marketing to children. Phebe graduated from Stanford University with a degree in human biology and a concentration in child and adolescent development.
As ChangeLab Solutions' digital content writer, Patrick focuses on translating policy resources into compelling and accessible writing. He oversees ChangeLab Solutions’ social media platforms and promotion efforts, works on marketing and product launches, and creates blog posts, success stories, case studies, media articles, and other opportunities to showcase the organization’s impact in communities around the country. Previously, Patrick worked at a mental health nonprofit, a soccer nonprofit, and an academic publishing company. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.
Zac Hale, JD, MPS
As a legal fellow, Zac supports ChangeLab Solutions’ work across multiple areas, including healthy housing, water quality, and the built environment. Zac’s work prior to ChangeLab Solutions included promoting gender-sensitive land policies with Landesa Rural Development Institute and working to make employment and housing more accessible to formerly incarcerated individuals and their families in Central Arkansas. Zac earned his BA in international relations from Hendrix College, his JD from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law, and his master’s degree in public service from the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service.
Chassidy Hanley, MPH
Chassidy is a policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, where she works on issues related to healthy housing, violence prevention, and the built environment. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Chassidy was a research and evaluation fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this role, she conducted formative research and monitored and evaluated health communication campaigns and projects. As a graduate student, Chassidy researched factors influencing the uptake of vaccination and chaired the Minority Health Conference. She has also coordinated HIV testing and needle exchange programs. Chassidy received her BA from UC Santa Barbara and her MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As a staff assistant at ChangeLab Solutions, Kristen provides administrative support for the Healthy Housing team, Communications, and Development. Prior to working at ChangeLab Solutions, she held a variety of positions at the University of California, Berkeley. At the School of Public Health, she was program coordinator for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program and an editorial assistant for the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter. Kristen has also worked as a freelance writer and journalist. She earned her bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in fine arts at St. Mary’s College of California.
As development manager at ChangeLab Solutions, Myla oversees business development efforts, working in close collaboration across departments to secure funding from a diverse combination of sources. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Myla worked for several Bay Area nonprofits with focus areas ranging from equitable food systems to youth economic empowerment. She has served in an array of fund development and communications roles, successfully securing support from individual, corporate, private, public, and government funders. Myla holds a bachelor’s degree in social welfare from UC Berkeley. While earning her degree, Myla served as the assistant to tobacco control and occupational safety researchers at the School of Public Health and interned for a local nonprofit, delivering nutrition education and helping to operate a mobile farmers market in communities without access to fresh produce.
Carla Jackson, MA
As ChangeLab Solutions’ chief of staff, Carla coordinates staff efforts across the organization. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Carla worked in fund development and volunteer management for a nonprofit in Milwaukee that provides services for women struggling with addiction. She also served in the Peace Corps as a rural health volunteer in Paraguay, where she worked closely with neighborhood commissions on capacity-building projects to improve health and wellness. Carla graduated from the University of San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and received a master’s degree in international affairs from Marquette University.
Becky Johnson, MPH
As program director, Becky primarily focuses on policy strategies to advance health in all policies, tobacco control, and worksite wellness. She has also served as a lecturer at the California State University, East Bay, teaching courses on environmental health, health behavior, and health education. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Becky worked at the National Association of County and City Health Officials, where she conducted research, developed tools and resources, and presented on a range of topics, including comprehensive cancer control, health in all policies, environmental health, and food safety. She worked at the American Psychological Association on the Socioeconomic Status Related Cancer Disparities Program. Becky graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in cultural anthropology and from George Washington University, where she received her MPH in health policy.
Manel Kappagoda, JD, MPH
Manel Kappagoda is a program director and senior staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, where she works on legal and policy interventions that address chronic disease rates and promote healthy, sustainable communities. She has coauthored many publications on public health policy, obesity prevention policy, and the intersection of law and public health. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked at the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley, California, as an attorney in the health law practice. In that role, she was instrumental in developing EBCLC’s medical-legal partnership with Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland. In addition, she has worked with the UC Office of the President and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Manel’s entire career has focused on using law and policy tools to improve health access and outcomes in low-income communities. She currently sits on the Advisory Committee for the California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity. Manel graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law and received her MPH from UC Berkeley.
As director of human resources at ChangeLab Solutions, Jayne brings extensive leadership experience in collaborating on senior management teams and acting as a strategic partner in nonprofit organizations. She has held director-level positions at several nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area, overseeing all aspects of human resources. Jayne earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration and Spanish from Metropolitan State University of Denver and is a Certified Professional of the Society of Human Resources Management. As a bicultural and bilingual person (a Spanish-speaking member of the Yaqui Nation), she understands the importance of forming relationships that build trust within a diverse workforce. Jayne is a published poet and a digital storyteller and is certified in permaculture design. She is a Drum Keeper who teaches traditional Native American songs and drumming.
As an accountant at ChangeLab Solutions, Ray works on accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger entries, audit and tax preparation, recordkeeping, financial reporting and forecasting, and internal controls. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Ray was the lead accountant at HealthyPets, Inc. Ray graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and from California State University East Bay with a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems. His expertise includes financial reports, vendor/client accounts reconciliation, cost analysis, and revenue forecasting.
Kimberly Libman, PhD, MPH
Kim is a program director at ChangeLab Solutions, where she leads the organization’s work on food policy. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked at the New York Academy of Medicine as director for prevention and community development. As a researcher and advocate, Kim has worked at the intersection of public policy and health for over a decade. She has expertise in food systems, hospital community benefit, affordable housing, health impact assessment, and community-based planning. Kim’s work on chronic disease prevention spans local, state, national, and international levels. She earned her PhD in environmental psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and completed her MPH in community health education at Hunter College. She also holds a BA in science technology and society from Eugene Lang College.
Gregory Miao, JD, MS
As a staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, Gregory works on issues related to active living, alcohol control, healthy housing, and water quality. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, he worked on developing regional cooperative agreements in the Greater Boston Region with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and represented several Massachusetts communities as a municipal attorney. Gregory graduated from St. Lawrence University and holds a JD from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s in urban and regional policy from Northeastern University.
Katie Hannon Michel, JD, MELP
As a legal fellow, Katie works in multiple program areas to support sustainable communities, with a particular focus on healthy and just food systems. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Katie served the Maine Supreme Judicial Court for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Jeffrey L. Hjelm. During law school, Katie worked as a student clinician in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic and the Food and Agriculture Clinic, as a research assistant to the directors of the Environmental Law Center and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, and as a staff member on the Vermont Law Review. Additionally, she has worked as a farmers’ market manager, community supported agriculture program coordinator, organic farming apprentice, and as a marketing associate for a small agricultural land trust. Katie received her BA with honors from UC Santa Cruz where she studied literature and linguistics, and her JD and masters of environmental law and policy, summa cum laude, from Vermont Law School.
Pratima Musburger, JD, MPH
Pratima is a senior staff attorney and program director at ChangeLab Solutions, where she manages the organization’s tobacco control portfolio. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Pratima spent eight years working to address health inequities in underserved communities across the Pacific Island region. While working within the State of Hawaii’s Department of Health, Pratima developed and implemented innovative, cross-sector initiatives to better serve children with complex mental health needs and their families. She has worked on issues related to food systems, nutrition, and obesity prevention. In addition, she managed a diabetes study in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and conducted a food system assessment of Waimanalo, Oahu. Pratima graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in English, and holds a JD from Brooklyn Law School, and an MPH from Brown University.
Jessica Nguyen, MCP, MPH
As a planner at ChangeLab Solutions, Jessica supports planning and policy work related to health equity, active living, transportation, and housing. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked as a consultant on bicycle and pedestrian planning projects, Safe Routes to Schools programs, and traffic safety analysis. She also has experience in community engagement, program evaluation, and affordable housing advocacy. Jessica received a bachelor of arts from the University of Washington and concurrent master degrees in city planning and public health from UC Berkeley.
As a staff assistant, Yesenia performs a variety of administrative duties to support ChangeLab Solutions’ work of advancing health equity for children and families. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Yesenia supported the Nutrition Department at Bauman College, a holistic nutrition and culinary arts college, where she executed a wide range of program support functions for students and faculty. She also worked as an optometric assistant at Rockridge Optometry and as a project assistant at Hesperian Health Guides, a nonprofit publisher of health materials. As part of her work at Hesperian, she contributed to digitizing the book Where Women Have No Doctor, translated digital content, and improved presentation of their digital health resources. During her research internship with Kaiser Permanente and UC San Francisco, she studied issues related to women’s reproductive health. Yesenia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in public health from UC Berkeley.
Shauneequa Owusu is senior vice president of innovation & impact at ChangeLab Solutions, where she works at the intersection of community development and health. She leads a multidisciplinary team that supports localities and organizations across the country and helps them create healthier communities. Previously, Shauneequa worked for the New York Academy of Medicine, where she served as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement. In this capacity, she led community development and participatory planning initiatives and oversaw government relations. In addition, Shauneequa worked for Seedco, a national community economic development corporation, where she focused on advocating for support for small businesses, workers, and families. Shauneequa also served as a legislative policy analyst for the New York City Council, where she co-led the development of large-scale policy and legislative initiatives. She holds an MS in urban affairs from Hunter College of the City University of New York and a BA in international relations from Roanoke College.
Erin O’Malley, JD
As a legal fellow at ChangeLab Solutions, Erin works on issues related to air and water quality, healthy city planning, violence prevention, and tobacco control. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Erin worked for the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and as a research fellow on projects relating to disability and health. In law school, she was involved in a grassroots policy and advocacy program and worked with the Missouri state legislature to expand access to health care. She received her BS in political communication from The University of Texas at Austin and her JD from Saint Louis University School of Law, where she was managing editor of the Journal of Health Law and Policy.
Aysha Pamukcu, JD
As the health equity lead, Aysha oversees ChangeLab Solutions’ health equity strategy, innovation, and implementation. She focuses on law and policy solutions that help close the gap in unjust health disparities. Through research, training, and technical assistance, she builds capacity in communities to promote health and inclusivity. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she served as policy counsel at the Greenlining Institute, where she used civil rights strategies to advance racial justice and economic equity. She currently serves on the board of directors of Baby-Friendly USA. Aysha's volunteer work includes providing representation for people seeking asylum through the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and assisting judges at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia. She graduated from Stanford University with honors and from USC Law School.
As a program associate at ChangeLab Solutions, Sophia advances our programs in community and family health. She supports our work in school climate reform, hospital community benefit, and public funding and financing. Sophia also works closely with our evaluation and learning team to track and report on ChangeLab Solutions’ program and capacity-building goals and associated impact. Sophia brings skills in research and analysis, project management, and business operations to her role at ChangeLab Solutions. Prior to joining the organization, she worked as a research analyst at an economic and statistical consulting firm. Sophia earned a Bachelor of Science in economics, summa cum laude, with minors in geography, French, and photography from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Melissa Peters, MPH
As a policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, Melissa works to support agencies and communities working on policy issues related to tobacco control, childhood obesity and community planning. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked as a health education specialist for the San Luis Obispo Tobacco Control Program where she focused on community advocacy, developed tools and resources, and assisted jurisdictions interested on tobacco policy adoption. She also served as a research coordinator for UC San Francisco where she supported qualitative research project seeking to understand patient and physician use and knowledge of lung cancer screening. Melissa received her BS in Psychology from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and her MPH in Community Health Education from San Francisco State University.
Leah S. Roderman, MA
Leah is ChangeLab Solutions' senior web communications manager, overseeing development and operations of the organization's websites and databases. She has extensive experience with website development and data management, and specializes in leveraging those resources for strategic communications. Leah supports a broad range of business development, fundraising, and product development projects. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked in both private and public sectors, including the Golden State Warriors, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, and the International Data Group (IDG). Leah graduated from Mills College, where she also earned her master's degree in Interdisciplinary Computer Science.
Nadia Rojas, MPH
As a policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, Nadia focuses on issues that affect public health, including healthy housing, childhood obesity, and healthy planning. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Nadia worked at the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley, leading research projects to evaluate sugary drink taxes in the Bay Area and assisting with several projects related to prevention of childhood obesity. In addition to her work in nutrition, Nadia has served in various roles in support of the immigrant community in California. Working with Graduates Reaching a Dream Deferred, she was instrumental in organizing conferences throughout California for immigrant youth who were interested in attending graduate school. She has also worked with Immigrants Rising (formerly known as E4FC) to support undocumented youth in the Bay Area by delivering and facilitating workshops for students, parents, and educators. Nadia received her bachelor’s degree in integrative biology and ethnic studies from UC Berkeley and her master’s degree in public health from UC Davis.
Hannah Sheehy, MPH
As a senior policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, Hannah focuses on early childhood policy and youth engagement in policy and advocacy processes. She also leads evaluation efforts in several program areas. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Hannah led the implementation of Washington DC’s expanded School Condom Availability policy at the local health department and did research related to food marketing to youth at Berkeley Media Studies Group. Hannah graduated from the University of Michigan, with highest distinction, with a degree in community health education and received her MPH from UC Berkeley.
As a program associate, Michelle supports ChangeLab Solutions' portfolio of tobacco, healthy housing, and violence prevention policies and products. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Michelle was the neighborhood collaborations assistant at East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, where she advanced the work of the San Pablo Area Revitalization Collaborative. As an education coordinator for Bears that CARE at UC Berkeley, she worked on violence prevention through a bystander intervention program that uses social norms theory and peer education. Michelle earned her BA in public health with distinction in general scholarship at UC Berkeley.
As executive assistant, Britt works to support the needs of the CEO, the chief of staff, the board of directors, and the staff of ChangeLab Solutions. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Britt supported the dean of students at her alma mater, Mills College. Britt has worked in the nonprofit sector for over ten years with a focus on education and youth development.
Benita Tsao, MPH
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.
Carolyn Uno (Tigris)
Tigris brings a deep background in publishing and a love of words to her work as copywriter & editor at ChangeLab Solutions, where she maintains the house style guide and edits publications and promotional materials for programs across the organization. She has worked in-house and freelance in publicity, marketing, production management, and editing for organizations such as Jossey-Bass, John Wiley & Sons, Sybex, and Kaiser Permanente. In her other career as a nonprofit accountant, Tigris had sole responsibility for all accounting at Girls Leadership and handled general ledger accounting and benefits administration at We Care Solar. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from UC Berkeley and a certificate from the Summer Publishing Institute at New York University.
Trinh is a senior accountant at ChangeLab Solutions, where he manages a variety of the organization's accounting functions. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Trinh worked as an internal auditor at Sterling HSA. He has more than eight years’ experience in a variety of industries, including public accounting, retail, nonprofit, and health service administration. Trinh graduated from CSU Hayward with a degree in accounting.
Maya Hazarika Watts, JD
As a senior staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, Maya works on law and policy at the intersection of tobacco control, health equity, and healthy, sustainable communities. Prior to joining Changelab Solutions, Maya spent 9 years at Bay Area Legal Aid, serving low-income clients through direct legal services and systemic advocacy. She represented domestic violence survivors in the family law unit, and served clients with CalWORKs, CalFresh, and General Assistance issues in the economic justice unit. Maya started her legal career as a staff attorney at Family Violence Law Center, providing legal services to domestic violence survivors in crisis. Maya earned her JD from UC Hastings, and her BA with honors from Rice University.
As ChangeLab Solutions' chief financial officer, Jessica leads the finance and accounting team and facilitates organizational business strategy. Prior to ChangeLab Solutions, she worked in nonprofit administration, fundraising, and finance for more than ten years, including serving as the director of development and operations at Centro Legal de la Raza, a legal services agency, and as development and administrative coordinator at the Youth Employment Partnership, a training and job placement agency. She is involved in a range of Bay Area literary activities, including serving as co-editor of the journal Monday Night. Jessica graduated from University of Chicago and holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from California College of the Arts and an accounting certificate from UC Berkeley Extension.
Kim Arroyo Williamson
As director of communications, Kim oversees ChangeLab Solutions' communications team and its multimedia communications in support of the organization’s mission. Kim leads communications strategies to improve and expand the organization’s impact, national presence, and growth. She also oversees the publication production process to ensure consistent branding and messaging in all print and online communications. Kim coordinates outreach efforts across programs and platforms to ensure maximum audience reach on a wide variety of topics. Prior to stepping into her current role, she managed the organization’s database development and implementation, coordinated a program for health care organizations to support pharmaceutical access for uninsured and underinsured patients, and worked in free clinics and other community clinics. Kim graduated with a degree in community studies from UC Santa Cruz with high honors and an emphasis in public health and education.
Ben Winig, JD, MPA
Ben Winig is vice president of law & policy at ChangeLab Solutions. He manages a team of lawyers and oversees legal and policy interventions aimed at improving public health and advancing health equity. Ben regularly advises elected officials, public agency staff, and community-based organizations on a variety of active living and healthy planning strategies. He is a skilled trainer and facilitator, and has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences around the country. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Ben practiced municipal law at a private law firm in California. He served as general counsel and assistant city attorney for several public agencies throughout the Bay Area. Ben graduated from the University of Michigan, with distinction, and received his law degree and master’s in public affairs from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
As the finance associate at ChangeLab Solutions, Jasmyn provides administrative support to the finance team. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Jasmyn worked as a partner relations manager and data integrity specialist for Fandor, which has an extensive library of documentaries on social change and independent films from around the world. She also assisted the curation team at Pandora for 7 years and worked as an administrative assistant at a nonprofit media arts center called the Bay Area Video Coalition for 4 years. Jasmyn graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in the broadcast electronic communications for the arts program.
Heather Wooten, MCP
Heather is senior vice president of program strategy at ChangeLab Solutions, where she builds the capacity of local leaders to make lasting change. After working for over a decade at the intersection of health and built environment policy, she believes in the power of good governance to create healthy, sustainable, and economically vibrant communities for all. Heather oversees work that includes policy research, analysis, and drafting; development of innovative tools that make the policymaking process accessible to all; community and stakeholder capacity building through coaching and technical assistance; and training development and delivery. She is co-author of How to Create and Implement Healthy General Plans and recipient of the 2014 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona for her work in food systems planning. Heather graduated from the University of Minnesota and received her master’s degree in city planning from UC Berkeley.
Tina Yuen, MPH, MCP
As a senior planner at ChangeLab Solutions, Tina Yuen primarily works on active transportation and supporting cross-sector collaboration and systems change aimed at fostering healthy, sustainable, and just communities. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she was a planner at Raimi + Associates working at the nexus of planning and public health. In this capacity, she worked on a range of topics related to community planning, equity, climate change and sustainability, health indicators and metrics, evaluation, and Health in All Policies. Tina also worked at the National Association of County and City Health Officials on their healthy community design and environmental health programs. In addition, she served as an environmental public health fellow at the US Environmental Protection Agency, where she focused her research on environmental justice and community engagement in scientific research. Tina earned her masters of public health and city planning degrees from UC Berkeley.