Staff

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, 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.

Juan Alvarado

As a program associate at ChangeLab Solutions, Juan supports staff working in the areas of the tobacco control, healthy housing, and healthy planning. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Juan worked as a grant writer, a legal proofreader, an administrative assistant, and a human resources administrator. Juan has more than seven years’ experience working in the Bay Area’s nonprofit sector. He graduated from San Francisco State University and received his MFA in creative writing from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Allison Allbee, MCP, MS Arch

Allison Allbee is a planner at ChangeLab Solutions, where she conducts research, develops tools, and works with communities to improve their health and well-being through city and regional planning policies. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked in children’s programs and educational non-profits as a program director and grant writer. Allison graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in community studies and received concurrent master’s degrees in building science and city planning from UC Berkeley.

Catalina Baker

Catalina is ChangeLab Solutions’ copywriter and editor. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked as a writer, an editor, and a marketing coordinator for several travel and education companies. While in school, Catalina developed materials for Physicians for a National Health Program and interpreted for Spanish-speaking patients in a health clinic in Washington, DC. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a multidisciplinary degree in social thought and political economy and a certificate in Latin American studies.

Susan Cole

As a program associate at ChangeLab Solutions, Susan supports the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked as an executive assistant at the Pacific Maritime Association, which negotiates and administers labor agreements with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Prior to that, she worked as a legal assistant for more than 20 years at law firms in New Jersey and San Francisco. She has also done volunteer work for the San Francisco Bar Association. Susan graduated from Katherine Gibbs College in New Jersey and attended The New School for Social Research in New York and City College of San Francisco.

Quang "Q" Dang, JD

A vice president of programs at ChangeLab Solutions, Q is Deputy Director of the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN) and oversees the development and dissemination of legal and policy tools aimed at addressing the environmental causes of childhood obesity. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NPLAN provides legal and policy technical assistance on obesity prevention strategies to communities nationwide. NPLAN has responded to thousands of technical assistance requests on healthy eating and active living strategies. Q graduated from Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude) and UC Berkeley School of Law.

Diane Dohm, MSCRP

Diane Dohm is a planner at ChangeLab Solutions, where she focuses on complete streets, safe routes to schools, and other policies related to active transportation. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Diane worked for Sonoma County Transportation Authority managing alternative transportation funding programs, updating countywide bicycle and pedestrian master plans, and facilitating countywide alternative transportation committee meetings. She also wrote the City of Emeryville’s Complete Streets Policy Resolution. Diane graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in anthropology, and completed her master of science degree in community and regional planning from the University of Texas at Austin.

Christine Fry, MPP

Christine Fry is a senior policy analyst and program director at ChangeLab Solutions. She has written extensively on public health policy with an emphasis on food and agriculture issues, including the federal Farm Bill and the impact of restaurant and retail policy on public health. She is a cofounder of the Healthy Farms, Healthy People coalition, a national network of public health and agriculture leaders working to create a healthier food system for farmers, workers, and consumers. A skilled trainer and facilitator, Christine has given dozens of trainings and presentations on policy development to audiences across the nation. She also has consulted with local, state, and federal agencies on child welfare, mental health, and housing, and she is a board member at America Walks, the national advocacy organization for walkable communities. Christine graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and UC Berkeley.

Phebe Gibson

As a project coordinator at ChangeLab Solutions, Phebe is working to develop a technical assistance intake and tracking system for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s childhood obesity prevention initiative. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Phebe worked at the nonprofit Prevention Institute, where she supported efforts to promote healthy food and physical activity environments and 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.

Ellie Gladstone, JD, MPH

Ellie is a staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, working primarily in the areas of childhood obesity and healthy planning. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked as a real estate litigation attorney with a private law firm, Miller Starr Regalia. Before becoming an attorney, Ellie worked in public health for many years. She has extensive experience in epidemiologic research, with a focus on environmental effects on child health and development. Ellie graduated from the University of Texas, Austin with a degree in sociology. Ellie received her JD from UC Davis and her MPH (Epidemiology & Biostatistics) from UC Berkeley.

Genie Gratto

Genie Gratto leads ChangeLab Solutions' communications team, which is responsible for ensuring the organization's products and services reach their target audiences. She also directs the communications effort for the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN). In the 14 years leading up to her joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked as a journalist before moving on to the advocacy, non-profit, labor union, corporate and web software development arenas. Genie graduated from Mary Baldwin College (cum laude) and received her master's in writing from Johns Hopkins University.

Rio Holaday, MPH

Rio Holaday is a policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, focusing on food access and childhood obesity. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she co-founded a social enterprise that made and sold healthy snacks in schools and corner stores, ran a city-funded healthy cart, and helped establish a Healthy Carts Association in Philadelphia. Rio has also conducted research on food buying behavior in food deserts. Before entering the food access world, she did Fulbright research on immigrants in South Africa and worked with resettled refugees in Vermont. Rio graduated from Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Becky Johnson, MPH

Becky is a policy analyst researching best practices related to tobacco control. 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 also worked at the American Psychological Association contributing to the development of trainings and materials for the Socioeconomic Status Related Cancer Disparities Program. Becky graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in cultural anthropology and 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 helps communities to tackle the obesity epidemic using policy interventions. She has co-authored a number of publications on public health policy, obesity prevention policy, and the intersection of law and public health. Manel likes growing projects from the ground up. From its inception in 2007 until 2014, she managed the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN), a national program that is housed at ChangeLab Solutions and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked for many years 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 been focused on using law and policy tools to improve health access and outcomes in low income communities. This focus is at the heart of her interest in chronic disease prevention policy. Manel graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law and received her MPH from UC Berkeley.

Peter Kim

As the executive assistant at ChangeLab Solutions, Peter provides administrative support to the CEO and Board of Directors. He also coordinates the documentation, reporting, and communications related to our grant with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Peter worked in outreach, project management, and event planning for a number of Bay Area organizations that focus on leadership development or public policy, including CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, The Environmental Careers Organization, Rockwood Leadership Institute, PolicyLink, and Strozzi Institute. Peter graduated from Pomona College with a degree in psychology.

Raymond Leung, JD

As staff attorney, Raymond works in multiple areas including tobacco control, childhood obesity, and healthy housing. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Raymond was the public policy attorney with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, where he provided policy and legal counsel on similar issues. He also previously worked at a private law firm practicing land use and real estate law. Raymond graduated from NYU School of Law and UC Berkeley with a degree in economics. 

Ian McLaughlin, JD

Ian McLaughlin is a senior staff attorney and program director with ChangeLab Solutions, working both on tobacco control and childhood obesity issues. Ian’s practice focuses on creating healthy retail environments, public financing (taxes and fees), and code enforcement issues, and he provides training and legal technical assistance in all of these areas. Ian sits on the Park, Recreation and Open Space Commission for the City of Walnut Creek, California, and also serves as a municipal administrative hearing officer for the City of Petaluma, California, conducting hearings and deciding a variety of code enforcement matters. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Ian practiced municipal law with a private law firm, Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver & Wilson, and served as City Attorney for the City of Clearlake, California, and Assistant City Attorney for the City of Healdsburg. He has also served as legislative counsel to the Hawaii State Senate and the National Legislature of the Republic of Palau. Ian graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law.

Arnulfo Medina, JD

Arnulfo is a staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, working primarily on tobacco control and healthy housing. Prior to joining the ChangeLab Solutions team, Arnulfo worked at a plaintiff’s side labor and employment litigation firm. Before attending law school, he worked on issues relating to public health, mental health, and health care access. Arnulfo has worked extensively in outreach and advocacy; he has also worked building community and cross-sector collaborations to design and implement prevention/intervention strategies. Arnulfo graduated from Stanford University with a degree in human biology and a concentration in health care policy for underserved communities. He later received his JD with a King Hall Public Service Law Program Certificate from UC Davis.

Keith Nagayama, JD

Keith Nagayama is a staff attorney and contracts manager at ChangeLab Solutions, responsible for the negotiation and formation of all grants and contracts between ChangeLab Solutions and the organization's funders, clients, partners, and consultants. He also assists with the organization’s nonprofit business operations, corporate governance, legal matters, and strategic planning. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Keith practiced law in the areas of redevelopment, affordable housing, municipal governments, nonprofit organizations and small businesses. He began his legal career at the Public Law Center, where he provided legal assistance and education to nonprofit organizations and advocated for more affordable housing in Orange County. Keith graduated from UCLA and UC Hastings College of the Law.

Aysha Pamukcu, JD

As a staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, Aysha works in multiple areas, including obesity prevention, healthy housing, and land use. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Aysha worked at The Greenlining Institute as Policy Counsel, where she advocated for financial reform and regulatory compliance from a civil rights perspective. She has volunteered for both the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia. Aysha graduated from Stanford University and USC Law School.

Anne Pearson, JD, MA

As vice president of programs, Anne Pearson manages ChangeLab Solutions’ tobacco control and healthy housing programs. She has worked in the field of public health for many years, first as senior legal counsel for policy in the New York City health department’s bureau of tobacco control and most recently as a policy advisor with the Seattle & King County health department. Before working with local health departments, Anne was chief of the health and reproductive rights section in the civil rights bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office and practiced poverty law. Anne has taught public health law at Seattle University School of Law. Anne graduated from NYU School of Law.

Leah S. Roderman, MA

Leah is the database & online communications manager on ChangeLab Solutions' communications team, where she manages the organization's website and database operations. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she developed online communications strategies with businesses, public agencies, artists, and non-profit organizations. She has specialized in website development and data management for over ten years, which included working as a development architect at the Golden State Warriors, and as a developer for the International Data Group (IDG). Leah graduated from Mills College, with degrees in Communications and Interdisciplinary Computer Science.

Livia Rojas, MSW

As the events and new media manager, Livia helps with the design and implementation of the organization's events and webinars, and manages ChangeLab Solutions' social media accounts and video production. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Livia provided technical assistance to college campuses with multidisciplinary teams of practitioners serving survivors of sexual violence in the United States and Puerto Rico. In addition, she has experience working with immigrant communities around issues of HIV, substance use, incarceration/detention and gender-based violence. Livia graduated from UC Berkeley and Columbia University School of Social Work.

Dana Serleth

As executive vice president, Dana directs the internal functions at ChangeLab Solutions. She comes to the organization with thirty years of experience in leadership and management roles in both the private and nonprofit sectors. For three years, Dana served as director of operations & finance at the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA), a nonprofit international human rights law firm. Before working at CJA, she co-founded and managed a service that provided technology solutions to non-profits, small businesses and residential customers. She also served eight years as president and CEO of the Every Child Can Learn Foundation (now the San Francisco Schools Alliance). Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked in a progression of jobs at IBM in sales, marketing, finance, administration and ultimately public affairs, where she led efforts to enhance the corporation’s reputation and find common ground with local community needs in the Western U.S. Dana graduated from Scripps College with a degree in British and American literature. 

Trinh Vo

Trinh Vo is an accountant at ChangeLab Solutions, and 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 of 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.

 

 

Jessica Wickens, MFA

As ChangeLab Solutions' director of finance, Jessica works on budget development, financial reporting, and other projects, and oversees the accounting function. 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 also served on the board of directors of Small Press Traffic, a San Francisco-based poetry organization, and 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’s degree in creative writing from California College of the Arts.

Kim Arroyo Williamson

As senior communications manager at ChangeLab Solutions, Kim oversees the publication production process. She works to ensure consistency and quality throughout the organization’s products and identity. She also designs organizational collateral. Prior to this role, she managed the organization’s database development and implementation, coordinated a program supporting pharmaceutical access for health care organizations serving uninsured and underinsured patients, and worked in free and community clinics. Kim graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in community studies.

Ben Winig, JD, MPA

Ben Winig is a senior staff attorney and program director working at the intersection of the built environment and health. Ben regularly advises elected officials, public agency staff, community-based organizations, and public health advocates on a variety of active living and healthy planning strategies. Ben 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.

Heather Wooten, MCP

Heather Wooten is a vice president of programs at ChangeLab Solutions, leading the organization's work in Healthy Planning. She manages a team of professionals researching best practices, developing policy tools, and working with communities to connect land use, community development, and health. She is a co-author of one of the premier publications on developing and implementing health policy language in land use plans, How to Create and Implement Healthy General Plans. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Heather co-authored the Oakland Food System Assessment: Towards a Sustainable Food Plan through the Oakland Mayor's Office of Sustainability. She also currently serves on the Oakland Food Policy Council. She was honored with the 2014 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona, recognizing 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.