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 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 from Brown University (magna cum laude) and Stanford Law School.

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 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. Quang graduated from Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude) and UC Berkeley School of Law.

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.

Catarina Hinojos

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. Catarina graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in environmental studies.

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 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. Manel graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law and received her MPH from UC Berkeley.

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 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 graduated from UC Berkeley School of 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 graduated from Northeastern University School of Law, received his MPH from Tufts University School of Medicine, and a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from San Francisco State University.

Alison Mundy

As vice president of development, Alison leads and manages the organization’s fundraising and development efforts. Prior to joining Changelab Solutions, she served as director of development at The Children’s Law Center of Connecticut, a nonprofit organization providing legal services to poor children in family court. She has an extensive background in nonprofit management and development, including grant reporting for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and grant writing and fund development for the Watkinson School, Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition (now ACT) and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She served as studio and marketing manager for West Hartford Yoga, helping to build the business from its inception into one of the largest yoga centers in New England. Alison’s writing has been published in local and national magazines. She is the author of A Century of Great African Americans, a book profiling more than 300 known and unknown heroes of African American history. Alison graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in psychology.

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.

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 graduated from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, University of South Carolina, and holds a PhD in political science from Columbia University.

Minerva Ontiveros

As a program associate at ChangeLab Solutions, Minerva supports the healthy planning and tobacco control programs. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked as an administrative professional for over 10 years in a variety of settings, including an engineering firm and a medical center. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology.

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.

Meliah Schultzman, JD

As a staff attorney, Meliah works on legal and policy issues related to tobacco retailer licensing and secondhand smoke exposure. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she was a staff attorney with the National Housing Law Project, where she provided technical assistance on a variety of issues affecting low-income families, including fair housing protections, preservation of affordable housing, and access to communities of opportunity. As part of an Equal Justice Works fellowship, she partnered with domestic violence agencies, tenant advocates, and policymakers to develop California’s landmark housing protections for domestic violence survivors. She has also served as a judicial clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Napoleon A. Jones, Jr. Meliah graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and UC Berkeley School of Law.

 

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. 

Nana K. Twumasi, MFA

As copywriting and editing manager at ChangeLab Solutions, Nana helps us reach our target audiences through writing and editing our wide range of internal and external products, including toolkits, reports and catalogs. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Nana worked in the publishing industry for more than ten years in various capacities, producing children’s books for young readers and, later, classroom resources and professional development materials for teachers of grades K-12. Nana is involved in the Bay Area’s literary scene, both as a published author and co-editor of Monday Night, a literary journal based in Oakland. Nana graduated from Oberlin College and earned an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts.

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.

 

 

Sandra Whisler

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. Sandra graduated from University of Chicago with a degree in anthropology.

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. 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 honors.

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 University of Michigan with a degree in social anthropology. He also received both his law degree and a master’s in public affairs, with a concentration in public policy analysis, from 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. Heather graduated from University of Minnesota and received her master’s degree in city planning from UC Berkeley.