Marice Ashe, JD, MPH
The founder and chief executive officer of ChangeLab Solutions, Marice Ashe has launched a number of groundbreaking efforts to improve public health through the use of law and policy. Under her leadership, ChangeLab Solutions builds the capacity of leaders across the nation to address a range of chronic diseases through practical policy solutions. ChangeLab Solutions' team of lawyers, city planners, architects, and policy specialists develop model laws and policies, consult on tough policy questions, and provide training and technical assistance to ensure strong policy initiatives and sustainable solutions. Marice is a frequent speaker at public health conferences throughout the nation, and she consults with federal and state agencies on how best to incorporate legal and policy tools into public health strategies. Marice graduated from University of Notre Dame, and received her MPH and JD from UC Berkeley. To learn more about Marice and ChangeLab Solutions, click here.
Sabrina Adler, JD
As senior staff attorney & program director, Sabrina works primarily on legal and policy issues related to school foods and food marketing to children. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she was a staff attorney at the Child Care Law Center, where she assisted legal aid attorneys with child care cases and did policy work on health and obesity prevention in the child care setting, due process protections for parents with child care subsidies, and child care licensing standards. In addition, she received a Skadden Foundation Fellowship to found the San Francisco Medical-Legal Partnership (a collaboration between Bay Area Legal Aid and San Francisco General Hospital), in which she provided direct legal services to low-income pediatric patients and their families. Her practice included advocacy in the areas of housing, health, public benefits, disability, education, and family law. Sabrina graduated from Brown University (magna cum laude) and Stanford Law School.
Allison Allbee, MCP, MS Arch
Allison 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).
As a financial analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, Daniel’s focus is on budget composition and analysis. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, he worked at Bank of America as a customer service representative. Daniel graduated from San Francisco State University with a BS in business administration and finance.
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 staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, Derek works on issues related to air quality, healthy housing, tobacco control, healthy eating, and active living. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, he was a legal fellow at the Network for Public Health Law – Southeastern Region, where he focused on drug overdose prevention. Derek also worked on Medicaid advocacy issues as a legal intern at the National Health Law Program’s (NHeLP) Carrboro, North Carolina office. In law school, Derek spent multiple terms in the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, providing direct legal services to low-income individuals on housing and employment matters. Derek received both his BA in public policy and political science and his law degree from the University of North Carolina.
Cesar De La Vega, JD
As a legal fellow at ChangeLab Solutions, Cesar works in multiple program areas, including child health, school climate, healthy planning, and the intersection of health and housing. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Cesar was the Juanita Tate Social Justice Fellow at The City Project, where he worked on issues related to civil rights, environmental justice, and using law and policy tools to support community driven solutions that address health inequities in low-income communities and communities of color. He also previously served as a legal fellow in the Office of the General Counsel at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. Cesar received his BA from UCLA and JD from Stanford Law School.
Saneta deVuono-powell, JD, MCP
As a senior planner and attorney, 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 UC 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.
As ChangeLab Solutions' human resources & operations associate, Emily provides support for our internal operations and in executing our HR processes. Emily has a background in sustainable agriculture and food justice. This focus has allowed her to work with a diversity of projects, including youth-focused nonprofits, community urban farms, farmers’ markets, an Asian vegetable seed company, and as co-owner and operator of her own small farm business. Emily is a proud Oakland native. She holds a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture from UC Santa Cruz’s Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, and graduated from Oberlin College with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies.
Meagan is a program associate at ChangeLab Solutions, where she performs many duties, including supporting the healthy planning, tobacco control, and communications teams. Among other things, she works on content and data management, coordinating events and webinars, and producing reports. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Meagan worked as a development coordinator at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), a nonprofit working to create a more just and inclusive immigration system. While at the ILRC, she coordinated fundraisers, worked to increase individual giving, and produced collateral materials, including newsletters and annual reports. Previously, she interned with The Raben Group, a progressive lobbying and strategic communications firm in Washington, DC. While in school, Meagan published an article on violations of the Endangered Species Act in the early 2000s by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. She graduated with a degree in psychology from UC Santa Barbara.
As a senior policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, Phebe works primarily on childhood obesity prevention and food access. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Phebe worked at the Prevention Institute, where she supported efforts to promote healthy foods and physical activity. While at the Prevention Institute, Phebe also coauthored a study on food marketing to children. Phebe graduated from Stanford University with a degree in human biology and a concentration in child and adolescent development.
Ellie Gladstone, JD, MPH
Ellie is a senior staff attorney and program director at ChangeLab Solutions, where she works on creating policy-based strategies to advance health equity and create healthy communities. 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 practiced law at a private firm in California. 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.
Chassidy Hanley, MPH
Chassidy is a policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, where she works on issues related to healthy housing, violence prevention, and the built environment. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Chassidy was a research and evaluation fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this role, she conducted formative research and monitored and evaluated health communication campaigns and projects. As a graduate student, Chassidy researched factors influencing the uptake of vaccination and chaired the Minority Health Conference. She has also coordinated HIV testing and needle exchange programs. Chassidy received her BA from UC Santa Barbara and her MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Carla Jackson, MA
As ChangeLab Solutions’ chief of staff, Carla coordinates staff efforts across the organization. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Carla worked in fund development and volunteer management for a nonprofit in Milwaukee that provides services for women struggling with addiction. She also served in the Peace Corps as a rural health volunteer in Paraguay, where she worked closely with neighborhood commissions on capacity-building projects to improve health and wellness. Carla graduated from the University of San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and received a master’s degree in international affairs from Marquette University.
Becky Johnson, MPH
As 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
Manel Kappagoda is a program director and senior staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, where she works on legal and policy interventions that address chronic disease rates and promote healthy, sustainable communities. She has coauthored many publications on public health policy, obesity prevention policy, and the intersection of law and public health. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked at the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley, California, as an attorney in the health law practice. In that role, she was instrumental in developing EBCLC’s medical-legal partnership with Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland. In addition, she has worked with the UC Office of the President and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Manel’s entire career has focused on using law and policy tools to improve health access and outcomes in low-income communities. She currently sits on the Advisory Committee for the California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity. Manel graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law and received her MPH from UC Berkeley.
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.
Gregory Miao, JD, MS
As a staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, Gregory works on issues related to active living, alcohol control, healthy housing, and water quality. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, he worked on developing regional cooperative agreements in the Greater Boston Region with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and represented several Massachusetts communities as a municipal attorney. Gregory graduated from St. Lawrence University and holds a JD from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s in urban and regional policy from Northeastern University.
Katie Hannon Michel, JD, MELP
As a legal fellow, Katie works in multiple program areas to support sustainable communities, with a particular focus on healthy and just food systems. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Katie served the Maine Supreme Judicial Court for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Jeffrey L. Hjelm. During law school, Katie worked as a student clinician in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic and the Food and Agriculture Clinic, as a research assistant to the directors of the Environmental Law Center and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, and as a staff member on the Vermont Law Review. Additionally, she has worked as a farmers’ market manager, community supported agriculture program coordinator, organic farming apprentice, and as a marketing associate for a small agricultural land trust. Katie received her BA with honors from UC Santa Cruz where she studied literature and linguistics, and her JD and masters of environmental law and policy, summa cum laude, from Vermont Law School.
Pratima Musburger, JD, MPH
As a senior staff attorney, Pratima works primarily on issues related to tobacco control. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Pratima spent eight years working to address health inequities in underserved communities across the Pacific Island region. While working within the State of Hawaii’s Department of Health, Pratima developed and implemented innovative, cross-sector initiatives to better serve children with complex mental health needs and their families. She has worked on issues related to food systems, nutrition, and obesity prevention. In addition, she managed a diabetes study in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and conducted a food system assessment of Waimanalo, Oahu. Pratima graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in English, and holds a JD from Brooklyn Law School, and an MPH from Brown University.
Jessica Nguyen, MCP, MPH
As a planner at ChangeLab Solutions, Jessica supports planning and policy work related to health equity, active living, transportation, and housing. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked as a consultant on bicycle and pedestrian planning projects, Safe Routes to Schools programs, and traffic safety analysis. She also has experience in community engagement, program evaluation, and affordable housing advocacy. Jessica received a bachelor of arts from the University of Washington and concurrent master degrees in city planning and public health from UC Berkeley.
Shauneequa Owusu is a program director at ChangeLab Solutions, where she works at the intersection of community development and health. She leads a multidisciplinary team that supports localities and organizations across the country and helps them create healthier communities. Previously, Shauneequa worked for the New York Academy of Medicine, where she served as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement. In this capacity, she led community development and participatory planning initiatives and oversaw government relations. In addition, Shauneequa worked for Seedco, a national community economic development corporation, where she focused on advocating for support for small businesses, workers, and families. Shauneequa also served as a legislative policy analyst for the New York City Council, where she co-led the development of large-scale policy and legislative initiatives. She holds an MS in urban affairs from Hunter College of the City University of New York and a BA in international relations from Roanoke College.
Aysha Pamukcu, JD
Aysha is a senior staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions who works on evidence-based law and policy strategies that advance health equity. She leads ChangeLab Solutions' health equity practice and implementation across program areas. Through research, training, and technical assistance, she helps communities improve their policies on maternal and child health, healthy retail environments, and just food systems. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she served as policy counsel at the Greenlining Institute, where she worked on equitable community development and investment for communities of color. Aysha's volunteer work includes providing representation for people seeking asylum through the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area and assisting judges at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia. She graduated from Stanford University with honors and from USC Law School.
Melissa Peters, MPH
As a policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, Melissa works to support agencies and communities working on policy issues related to tobacco control, childhood obesity and community planning. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked as a health education specialist for the San Luis Obispo Tobacco Control Program where she focused on community advocacy, developed tools and resources, and assisted jurisdictions interested on tobacco policy adoption. She also served as a research coordinator for UC San Francisco where she supported qualitative research project seeking to understand patient and physician use and knowledge of lung cancer screening. Melissa received her BS in Psychology from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and her MPH in Community Health Education from San Francisco State University.
Leah S. Roderman, MA
Leah is ChangeLab Solutions' senior web communications manager, overseeing development and operations of the organization's websites and databases. She has extensive experience with website development and data management, and specializes in leveraging those resources for strategic communications. Leah supports a broad range of business development, fundraising, and product development projects. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked in both private and public sectors, including the Golden State Warriors, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, and the International Data Group (IDG). Leah graduated from Mills College, where she also earned her master's degree in Interdisciplinary Computer Science.
Hannah Sheehy, MPH
As a policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, Hannah focuses on early childhood policy and youth engagement in policy and advocacy processes. She also leads evaluation efforts in several program areas. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Hannah led the implementation of Washington DC’s expanded School Condom Availability policy at the local health department and did research related to food marketing to youth at Berkeley Media Studies Group. Hannah graduated from the University of Michigan, with highest distinction, with a degree in community health education and received her MPH from UC Berkeley.
Benita Tsao, MPH
As a senior policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, Benita addresses a range of issues that affect community health. She supports local efforts to improve policies and systems, and manages projects that involve cross-sector partnerships. Previously at Prevention Institute, Benita worked with US cities to prevent violence, especially as it affects communities of color and vulnerable groups. She staffed a statewide policy campaign to address childhood adversity at the Center for Youth Wellness. Benita also researched emerging issues affecting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and ran youth programs for a San Francisco Bay Area community foundation. She has worked as a journalist, park ranger, English teacher, and HIV test counselor. Benita studied sociology at UC Berkeley and earned her MPH at UCLA.
Carolyn Uno (Tigris)
Tigris brings a deep background in publishing and a love of words to her work as copywriter & editor at ChangeLab Solutions, where she maintains the house style guide and edits publications and promotional materials for programs across the organization. She has worked in-house and freelance in publicity, marketing, production management, and editing for organizations such as Jossey-Bass, John Wiley & Sons, Sybex, and Kaiser Permanente. In her other career as a nonprofit accountant, Tigris had sole responsibility for all accounting at Girls Leadership and handled general ledger accounting and benefits administration at We Care Solar. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from UC Berkeley and a certificate from the Summer Publishing Institute at New York University.
Trinh is a senior accountant at ChangeLab Solutions, where he manages a variety of the organization's accounting functions. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Trinh worked as an internal auditor at Sterling HSA. He has more than eight years’ experience in a variety of industries, including public accounting, retail, nonprofit, and health service administration. Trinh graduated from CSU Hayward with a degree in accounting.
Maya Hazarika Watts, JD
As a senior staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, Maya works on law and policy at the intersection of tobacco control, health equity, and healthy, sustainable communities. Prior to joining Changelab Solutions, Maya spent 9 years at Bay Area Legal Aid, serving low-income clients through direct legal services and systemic advocacy. She represented domestic violence survivors in the family law unit, and served clients with CalWORKs, CalFresh, and General Assistance issues in the economic justice unit. Maya started her legal career as a staff attorney at Family Violence Law Center, providing legal services to domestic violence survivors in crisis. Maya earned her JD from UC Hastings, and her BA with honors from Rice University.
As ChangeLab Solutions' chief financial officer, Jessica leads the finance and accounting team and facilitates organizational business strategy. Prior to ChangeLab Solutions, she worked in nonprofit administration, fundraising, and finance for more than ten years, including serving as the director of development and operations at Centro Legal de la Raza, a legal services agency, and as development and administrative coordinator at the Youth Employment Partnership, a training and job placement agency. She is involved in a range of Bay Area literary activities, including serving as co-editor of the journal Monday Night. Jessica graduated from University of Chicago and holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from California College of the Arts and an accounting certificate from UC Berkeley Extension.
Kim Arroyo Williamson
As senior communications production 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 improving public health and advancing health equity. Ben regularly advises elected officials, public agency staff, and community-based organizations on a variety of active living and healthy planning strategies. He is a skilled trainer and facilitator, and has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences around the country. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Ben practiced municipal law at a private law firm in California. He served as general counsel and assistant city attorney for several public agencies throughout the Bay Area. Ben graduated from the University of Michigan, with distinction, and received his law degree and master’s in public affairs from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
As the operations associate at ChangeLab Solutions, Jasmyn provides administrative support to the finance and development teams. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Jasmyn worked as a partner relations manager and data integrity specialist for Fandor, which has an extensive library of documentaries on social change and independent films from around the world. She also assisted the curation team at Pandora for 7 years and worked as an administrative assistant at a nonprofit media arts center called the Bay Area Video Coalition for 4 years. Jasmyn graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in the broadcast electronic communications for the arts program.
Heather Wooten, MCP
Heather is senior vice president of program strategy at ChangeLab Solutions, where she builds the capacity of local leaders to make lasting change. After working for over a decade at the intersection of health and built environment policy, she believes in the power of good governance to create healthy, sustainable, and economically vibrant communities for all. Heather oversees work that includes policy research, analysis, and drafting; development of innovative tools that make the policymaking process accessible to all; community and stakeholder capacity building through coaching and technical assistance; and training development and delivery. She is co-author of How to Create and Implement Healthy General Plans and recipient of the 2014 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona for her work in food systems planning. Heather graduated from the University of Minnesota and received her master’s degree in city planning from UC Berkeley.
Tina Yuen, MPH, MCP
As a senior planner at ChangeLab Solutions, Tina Yuen primarily works on active transportation and supporting cross-sector collaboration and systems change aimed at fostering healthy, sustainable, and just communities. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she was a planner at Raimi + Associates working at the nexus of planning and public health. In this capacity, she worked on a range of topics related to community planning, equity, climate change and sustainability, health indicators and metrics, evaluation, and Health in All Policies. Tina also worked at the National Association of County and City Health Officials on their healthy community design and environmental health programs. In addition, she served as an environmental public health fellow at the US Environmental Protection Agency, where she focused her research on environmental justice and community engagement in scientific research. Tina earned her masters of public health and city planning degrees from UC Berkeley.