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.
Allison Allbee, MCP, MS Arch
Allison Allbee is a senior 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.
As ChangeLab Solutions' operations manager, Juan oversees the internal operations and administrative support for the organization. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Juan worked as a grant writer, a legal proofreader, a human resources administrator, and an administrative assistant. Juan has more than nine 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. He is the author of ¡Cancerlandia!: A Memoir (University of New Mexico Press).
Greta Aschbacher, MPH
As a policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, Greta works on multiple issues, including rural health, childhood obesity, and chronic disease prevention. Prior to joining the ChangeLab Solutions team, Greta worked as a child health advocate in Kentucky. There, she managed a child abuse prevention coalition, developed and published health policy fact sheets, and worked closely with state-level officials to create policy change. Before entering the policy world, Greta’s work focused on health, wellness, and the prevention of chronic disease. She co-authored a research paper on preventing breast cancer in underserved populations, which was published in the Journal of Community Health in 2013. Greta graduated from the University of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in health and human performance and received her MPH from the University of Louisville School of Public Health.
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.
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.
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 legal fellow 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.
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.
Saneta deVuono-powell, JD, MCP
As a senior planner, Saneta works primarily at the intersection of housing and health. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked as a private consultant, community planner, and program associate. In those roles, Saneta focused on transit-oriented development, affordable housing, and reentry issues for the formerly incarcerated. Before becoming a planner, Saneta was the racial justice fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, where she focused on the school-to-prison pipeline, educational equity, and incarceration. Saneta has extensive experience in community-based participatory research, and spent a year in Spain as a Fulbright scholar. Saneta graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied sociology and film. She received both her law degree and her master of city planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
Alexis Etow, JD
As a staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, Alexis works in multiple program areas, including childhood obesity, tobacco control, healthy retail, and food marketing. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she was a legal fellow in the California Attorney General’s Office, where she worked on issues related to California’s Health and Safety Code, Tobacco Directory, and Unfair Competition Law. Alexis received her BA from Princeton University and her JD from the Washington College of Law at American University.
Ayo is the accounting and finance clerk at ChangeLab Solutions. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Ayo worked as an accounting clerk for The International Computer Science Institute. He has an associate degree in accounting from Laney College.
Christine Fry, MPP
Christine Fry is vice president of organizational learning 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.
As a 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.
Ellie Gladstone, JD, MPH
Ellie Gladstone is a senior staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, where she works on creating policy-based strategies to increase opportunities for healthy eating and active living. Much of Ellie’s work focuses on shared use, sugary drink regulation, and engaging faith-based organizations in community health and wellness efforts. She regularly provides training and technical assistance to state and local governments, community-based organizations, and public health advocates. 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 as an epidemiologist, focusing on child health and development. Ellie graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, and holds a JD from UC Davis and an MPH (epidemiology & biostatistics) from UC Berkeley.
Rio Holaday, MPH
As ChangeLab Solutions’ development manager, Carla manages new business development. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Carla worked in fund development and volunteer management for a nonprofit in Milwaukee that works with women struggling with addiction. She also served in the Peace Corps as a health volunteer in a rural community in Paraguay; while there, she worked closely with neighborhood commissions to pursue capacity building projects to improve health and wellness. Carla graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in international relations and received a master’s degree in international affairs from Marquette University.
Becky Johnson, MPH
As a senior policy analyst, 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 degree in cultural anthropology and George Washington University, where she received her MPH in health policy.
Manel Kappagoda, JD, MPH
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 senior staff attorney, Raymond works in multiple areas including tobacco control, childhood obesity, and healthy housing. His tobacco control work includes policy development for healthy retail, tobacco retailer licensing, e-cigarettes, and other emerging products. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Raymond was the public policy attorney for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, where he provided policy and legal counsel on issues relating to tobacco control, childhood obesity, sugary drinks tax, healthy food procurement, lead poisoning prevention, and enforcement of public health laws. Raymond graduated from NYU School of Law and UC Berkeley with a degree in economics.
Heather Lewis, JD
Heather is a staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, and she works primarily in the healthy planning program area. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Heather worked at Communities for a Better Environment, a grassroots environmental justice organization, where she provided legal support and litigated on behalf of communities working to reduce pollution and build healthy neighborhoods. While in law school, Heather worked with the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center in Whitesburg, Kentucky, on coal mining environmental justice litigation and clerked with the U.S. EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. She was also a student advocate with the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York and the Center for Popular Democracy in Brooklyn, and she interned with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Heather graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in environmental studies, and she received her law degree from the New York University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Environmental Law Journal.
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.
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.
Marybelle Nzegwu, JD
As a senior staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, Marybelle works on policy-based strategies to increase healthy eating and active living, with a focus on land use and engaging faith-based organizations. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Marybelle worked in legal advocacy and policy development, focusing primarily on environmental and climate justice. She codirected the Civil Rights Project at the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, where she brought environmental and civil rights lawsuits and administrative complaints to advocate for over-polluted low-income communities. At Public Advocates, Marybelle led coalition advocacy efforts to secure meaningful climate investments in disadvantaged communities across California. She also developed and taught an environmental justice course for diverse international law students at the International University College of Turin in Turin, Italy. Marybelle graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a degree in political science and political theory, and received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings.
Aysha Pamukcu, JD
As a staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, Aysha works primarily on law and policy issues related healthy eating and active living, maternal and child health, and healthy retail. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked as policy counsel at The Greenlining Institute, where she advocated for financial reform and regulatory compliance with a civil rights lens. Aysha has volunteered for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia. She graduated from Stanford University, with honors, and USC Law School.
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.
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.
Hannah Sheehy, MPH
As a policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, Hannah focuses on access to healthy food outside of traditional retail spaces. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Hannah managed Washington, DC’s citywide condom distribution program, coordinating the delivery of more than 6 million condoms each year. She also led the implementation of DC’s expanded School Condom Availability policy. Before moving to DC, Hannah worked at Berkeley Media Studies Group on projects related to food and beverage marketing to youth. She graduated from the University of Michigan, with highest distinction, with a degree in community health education and received her MPH from the University of California, Berkeley.
Juell Stewart, MCP
As a planner at ChangeLab Solutions, Juell leads the organization’s non-retail food system work, focusing on farmers’ markets, community gardens, urban agriculture, and mobile vending. She also provides technical assistance and strategic planning guidance for food system projects. A proud Chicagoan by birth, Juell comes to ChangeLab Solutions with a wide range of professional expertise, from racial justice advocacy to labor union organizing. Most recently, Juell worked on staff as a consultant at The Food Trust in Philadelphia, where she developed community food need assessments, food access toolkits, and strategic plans to guide healthy retail projects across the United States. Juell graduated from Cornell College in Iowa and earned her MCP from the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in community and economic development.
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.
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 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, Kim oversees the operations of ChangeLab Solutions' communications team. In addition, Kim manages the publication production process. In this capacity, she works to ensure consistency and quality throughout the organization’s print and digital materials. 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 vice president of law & policy at ChangeLab Solutions. He manages a team of lawyers and oversees legal and policy interventions aimed at reducing and preventing chronic disease. 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.
Heather Wooten, MCP