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. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and received her MPH and JD from the University of California at Berkeley.
Sabrina Adler, JD
As staff attorney, Sabrina works primarily on legal and policy issues related to 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 magna cum laude from Brown University and received her law degree at Stanford.
Lisa Chen, MCP, MPH
As a planner at ChangeLab Solutions, Lisa partners with local governments and community stakeholders to provide trainings, technical assistance, and research to incorporate health and equity goals into land use policies. She specializes in planning and economic development policies to support community food systems, active transportation, and sustainable neighborhoods. Previously, she worked as an educator and project manager at organizations focused on youth development, sustainable food systems, and school gardens. Her work included agricultural development projects in Ecuador, health impact assessments of planning policies in California and China, and participatory upgrade plans for slums in Kenya. She graduated from UC Berkeley with highest honors and holds a dual master’s degree in city planning and public health.
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. She 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 H. Dang, JD
As the senior staff attorney and the technical assistance legal director for the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN), Quang oversees the development and dissemination of legal and policy tools aimed at addressing the environmental causes of childhood obesity. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, he worked as a senior litigation attorney at a law firm in San Francisco, and as a director for an international consulting firm, where he led teams to optimize the use of technology in litigation. He has also worked extensively with organizations serving at-risk youth in a range of areas, including health education, HIV/AIDS prevention, homelessness, elimination of discrimination and bias, leadership training, and mentoring. He is a graduate of Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude) and the UC Berkeley School of Law.
Amber Figueroa, MBA
As vice president and director of development, Amber is responsible for identifying and executing sustainable funding strategies for the organization. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Amber worked in marketing and outreach for the Bioneers 2010 Conference on social and scientific innovation, and oversaw online strategic communications planning for the Real Medicine Foundation, a humanitarian support organization. Before entering the nonprofit arena, Amber worked in corporate advertising, leading new business development teams and integrated marketing strategy planning and execution for a variety of private sector clients in the financial services, tourism, real estate, journalism, and food industries. Amber graduated from Seattle University and has an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
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. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
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. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in human biology and a concentration in child and adolescent development.
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. She is a cum laude graduate of Mary Baldwin College and received her master's in writing from Johns Hopkins University.
As executive assistant and human resources coordinator at ChangeLab Solutions, Catarina supports the executive staff and all HR functions. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked as an administrative assistant for a private engineering firm. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in environmental studies.
Manel Kappagoda, JD, MPH
Manel Kappagoda is the Deputy Director of the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN) housed at ChangeLab Solutions in Oakland, California. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NPLAN provides legal and policy technical assistance on obesity prevention strategies to communities nationwide. Since its inception in 2007, the program has responded to thousands of technical assistance requests on healthy eating and active living strategies. Manel’s entire career has been focused on using law and policy tools to improve health access and outcomes in low income communities. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked for many years at the East Bay Community Law Center as an attorney in the health law practice. In addition, she has worked with the UC Office of the President and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She received her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law and her Master’s in Public Health from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
Hannah Burton Laurison, MA
Hannah Burton Laurison, MA, is a senior planner and program director at ChangeLab Solutions, where she leads capacity building and advocacy efforts to create healthier communities nationwide. She is also a co-convener of the national Healthy Corner Store Network. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Hannah staffed the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative, a $120 million public/private initiative to develop new grocery stores in underserved communities. In addition, she has worked with corner store owners to increase healthy choices, coordinated a hunger relief program, and organized community gardens in low-income communities. Hannah has written and spoken extensively on innovative policy solutions to public health challenges. She is the recipient of a Roots of Change fellowship for sustainable food system innovators. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and holds a master’s degree in planning from Tufts University.
Pilar Lorenzana-Campo, MEP
Pilar is a senior planner and program director for planning and development at ChangeLab Solutions. Through collaborative partnerships and in-depth health and policy analysis, she develops innovative and practical solutions around access to transit, affordable housing, opportunities for play and recreation, and nutrition. Pilar develops products and guides technical assistance efforts to ensure that all can benefit from cutting edge tools such as health impact assessments or legal tools such as general plans and specific plans. For more than 14 years, Pilar worked extensively in the private sector as an architect and planning consultant, designing master planned communities and crafting specific plans for developments throughout California. She is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines and received a graduate degree in urban and environmental planning from Arizona State University.
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 tobacco retailer licensing, public financing (taxes and fees), and code enforcement issues, and he provides training and individualized legal technical assistance in all of these areas. Ian 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 is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the UC Berkeley School of Law.
Linda Merola Galbreth, JD
Linda Merola Galbreth is a senior staff attorney and program director at ChangeLab Solutions, focusing on policies to create safe and healthy housing in low-income communities nationwide. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked as a staff attorney at the East Bay Community Law Center in the housing and health practice groups, providing legal services to low-income clients in the areas of tenants’ rights, disability law, and public benefits. She also represented low-income tenants in affirmative habitability and discrimination suits at a public interest law firm. In addition, she has worked at UC Berkeley School of Law, where she counseled students pursuing public interest legal careers. Prior to attending law school, Linda served as a research assistant for a consulting firm specializing in education policy. Linda is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the UC Berkeley School of Law, where she completed a Certificate in Environmental Law.
Matthew Moore, JD, MPH
As staff attorney, Matthew specializes in legal issues involving tobacco product use and exposure to secondhand smoke, particularly with regard to workplaces, recreational areas, and multi-unit housing. He provides technical assistance to communities throughout California as they develop policies to protect their residents from involuntary exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. Previously, Matthew worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he worked on civil rights cases involving denial of access to health services. Matthew is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and received his master's in public health from Tufts University School of Medicine. He also holds a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from San Francisco State University, where he first became interested in understanding the social determinants of health.
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 received his law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law.
Robert S. Ogilvie, Ph.D.
Robert Ogilvie is the vice president for strategic engagement at ChangeLab Solutions. Over the past 15 years he has worked extensively in community development and planning to help improve low- and middle-income neighborhoods. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, he served as a faculty member in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley, as a consultant to city and county governments, nonprofit organizations, and neighborhood activists, and as director of volunteers at the Partnership for the Homeless in New York City. He is the author of Voluntarism, Community Life, and the American Ethic (Indiana University Press, 2004), an examination of why people volunteer and how local organizations create community. Robert holds a PhD in political science from Columbia University and is a graduate of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and the University of South Carolina.
Anne Pearson, JD, MA
As vice president of programs, Anne Pearson manages ChangeLab Solutions’ tobacco control program. She has worked in tobacco control 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. She received her law degree 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 is a graduate of Mills College, holding a BA in Communications and an MA in Interdisciplinary Computer Science.
Livia Rojas, MSW
As the events and webinars manager, Livia helps with the design and implementation of the organization's webinars and events. 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. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Columbia University School of Social Work.
Meliah Schultzman, JD
Scott Watkins, LEED ND, CNU-A
Scott Watkins is a program associate at ChangeLab Solutions. He previously worked for the City of Alameda’s planning and building department, where among other projects he developed a master plan for city facilities, overhauled the records management system, and wrote several new ordinances that promote the public’s health and safety. Scott is certified in building code enforcement as well as permit and zoning inspection. As a licensed California General Contractor, and accredited LEED professional, Scott works to identify practical green building techniques that implement an integrated approach from design to operation. Scott is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in public administration, City Planning emphasis.
As chief financial officer, Sandra Whisler oversees financial management, human relations, and information technology. Whisler comes to ChangeLab Solutions from PolicyLink, where she served as the director of finance and operations, and before that from CompuMentor, where she was first the launch director for www.techsoup.org and then vice president and managing director responsible for finance and operations. Previously, Whisler had a long career in academic publishing, including serving as director of electronic publishing and associate director for the Journals Division at the University of California Press, and assistant director and director of Journals Marketing at the University of Chicago Press. She holds a degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago.
Jessica Wickens, MFA
As ChangeLab Solutions' financial analyst, Jessica works on budget development, financial reporting, and other projects. 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. She graduated from the University of Chicago and has 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. She holds a BA in Community Studies and Education with honors from UC Santa Cruz.
Ben Winig, JD, MPA
Ben Winig is a senior staff attorney and program director at ChangeLab Solutions focused on land use regulation and related public policies. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Ben practiced municipal law at a private firm and served as general counsel and assistant city attorney for several public agencies throughout Northern California. He regularly advised local government officials and public agency staff on land use and zoning regulations, development and regulatory fees, open government, and conflicts of interest. Ben graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in social anthropology. He received both his law degree and a master’s in public affairs, with a concentration in public policy analysis, from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Heather Wooten, MCP
Heather Wooten is a senior planner and program director at ChangeLab Solutions, where she researches best practices, develops tools, and works with communities to connect land use, economic 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, she 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 is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and earned a Masters of City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.
Sara Zimmerman, JD
Sara Zimmerman is a senior staff attorney and program director working on the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN). Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked at several nonprofit organizations, including Disability Rights Advocates and the Community Benefits Law Center at Partnership for Working Families. She also clerked for Judge Richard Paez of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College (Phi Beta Kappa) and the UC Berkeley School of Law (Order of the Coif).