Staff

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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,...

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,...

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Ted Aquino

Ted is ChangeLab Solutions’ communications and development associate. He manages the systems and data used for digital communications and supports business development and donor relations.

Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Ted helped grow Bay Area nonprofits and small businesses as the digital communications specialist for PJS Consultants. He has also worked toward creating safe and...

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Nadia Bari, JD

As contracts manager at ChangeLab Solutions, Nadia supports the Finance and Operations teams in risk management and organizational compliance.

Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Nadia managed legal and strategic operations for Berkeley Executive Education at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. Nadia graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in public policy and...

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Sara Bartel, JD

As a senior 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...

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Nessia Berner Wong, MPH

Nessia is a senior policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, focusing on food systems, including equitable procurement, healthy vending, and federal food policy.

Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, she spent 5 years at the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service, working on school nutrition programs throughout the western United States. At the USDA, Nessia...

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Erik Calloway

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...

Lex Carlsson

As a program associate at ChangeLab Solutions, Lex works on projects related to water and food systems, violence prevention, workforce development, and community health.

Previously at Arabella Advisors, Lex executed social impact strategy as a nonprofit management consultant for a portfolio of multimillion-dollar fiscal sponsorship and grantmaking projects across global health, food...

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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...

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Cesar De La Vega, JD

As a policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, Cesar’s portfolio includes health equity, schools and child health, healthy housing, and creating active, accessible communities for all.

He previously advocated for civil rights and environmental justice at The City Project in Los Angeles, and served in the Office of the General Counsel at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. Cesar...

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Alex Deans

As ChangeLab Solutions’ operations manager, Alex works to improve internal operations and infrastructure in the workplace.

Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Alex worked in the hospitality industry for nearly 8 years, primarily with luxury brands Fairmont and Action Property Management. He also served in the Peace Corps as an environmental education volunteer in Morocco, where he...

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Alexis Etow, JD

Alexis is a senior staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, where she leads the organization’s work at the intersection of education and health. This work focuses on developing legal and policy strategies that advance safe and supportive learning environments, resiliency, and health equity. 

Previously, she has worked for local, state, and federal agencies and...

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Emily Finkel

As ChangeLab Solutions' human resources and operations administrator, Emily works collaboratively to carry out employee life cycle processes and to streamline and improve organizational procedures in service of making ChangeLab Solutions a great place to work.

Emily has a background in sustainable agriculture and food justice, which has allowed her to work with a diversity of projects...

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Dan Fons

As a staff assistant at ChangeLab Solutions, Dan supports tobacco control and other program areas.

Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Dan worked as a grant writer at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, which provides art studio and gallery promotion opportunities to artists with disabilities. He also worked as a legal associate in a consumer law practice and a staff attorney at...

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Phebe Gibson

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...

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Patrick Glass

As ChangeLab Solutions' digital content writer, Patrick focuses on translating policy resources into compelling and accessible writing. 

He oversees ChangeLab Solutions’ social media platforms and promotion efforts, works on marketing and product launches, and creates blog posts, success stories, case studies, media articles, and other opportunities to showcase the...

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Zac Hale, JD, MPS

As a legal fellow, Zac supports ChangeLab Solutions’ work across multiple areas, including healthy housing, water quality, and the built environment.

Zac’s work prior to ChangeLab Solutions included promoting gender-sensitive land policies with Landesa Rural Development Institute and working to make employment and housing more accessible to formerly incarcerated individuals and their...

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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...

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Kristen Hanlon

As a staff assistant at ChangeLab Solutions, Kristen provides administrative support for the Healthy Housing team, Communications, and Development.

Prior to working at ChangeLab Solutions, she held a variety of positions at the University of California, Berkeley. At the School of Public Health, she was program coordinator for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society...

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Myla Howard

As development manager at ChangeLab Solutions, Myla oversees business development efforts, working in close collaboration across departments to secure funding from a diverse combination of sources.

Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Myla worked for several Bay Area nonprofits with focus areas ranging from equitable food systems to youth economic empowerment. She has served in an...

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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...

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Becky Johnson, MPH

As program director, 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...

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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...

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Jayne Lara

As director of human resources at ChangeLab Solutions, Jayne brings extensive leadership experience in collaborating on senior management teams and acting as a strategic partner in nonprofit organizations.

She has held director-level positions at several nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area, overseeing all aspects of human resources. Jayne earned a bachelor’s degree in public...

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Kimberly Libman, PhD, MPH

Kim is a program director at ChangeLab Solutions, where she leads the organization’s work on food policy. 

Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked at the New York Academy of Medicine as director for prevention and community development. As a researcher and advocate, Kim has worked at the intersection of public policy and health for over a decade. She has expertise...

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Gregory Miao, JD, MS

As a senior staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, Gregory works on legal issues related to sugar reduction policies, alcohol control, preemption, active living, healthy housing, and water quality. He is a member of the board of directors of America Walks.

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Katie Hannon Michel, JD, MELP

As a staff attorney, 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...

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Pratima Musburger, JD, MPH

Pratima is a senior staff attorney and program director at ChangeLab Solutions, where she manages the organization’s tobacco control portfolio.

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...

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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,...

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Yesenia Ortega

As a staff assistant, Yesenia performs a variety of administrative duties to support ChangeLab Solutions’ work of advancing health equity for children and families.

Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Yesenia supported the Nutrition Department at Bauman College, a holistic nutrition and culinary arts college, where she executed a wide range of program support functions for students...

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Shauneequa Owusu, MS

Shauneequa Owusu is senior vice president of innovation & impact 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,...

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Erin O’Malley, JD

As a legal fellow at ChangeLab Solutions, Erin works on issues related to air and water quality, healthy city planning, violence prevention, and tobacco control.

Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Erin worked for the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and as a research fellow on projects relating to disability and health. In law school, she was involved in a grassroots policy and...

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Aysha Pamukcu, JD

As the health equity lead, Aysha oversees ChangeLab Solutions’ health equity strategy, innovation, and implementation. She focuses on law and policy solutions that help close the gap in unjust health disparities. Through research, training, and technical assistance, she builds capacity in communities to promote health and inclusivity.

Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she served as...

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Sophia Pennella

As a program associate at ChangeLab Solutions, Sophia advances programs in community and family health. She supports work in school climate reform, hospital community benefit, and public funding and financing.

Sophia also works closely with...

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Leah S. Roderman, MA

Leah is ChangeLab Solutions' senior web communications manager, overseeing development and operations of the organization's websites and databases. She supports a broad range of business development, fundraising, and product development projects.

She has extensive experience with website development and data management, and specializes in leveraging those resources for strategic...

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Nadia Rojas, MPH

As a policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, Nadia focuses on issues that affect public health, including healthy housing, childhood obesity, and healthy planning.

Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Nadia worked at the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley, leading research projects to evaluate sugary drink taxes in the Bay Area and assisting with several projects related to...

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Hannah Sheehy, MPH

As a senior 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...

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Britt Taylor-Vernon

As executive assistant, Britt works to support the needs of the CEO, the chief of staff, the board of directors, and the staff of ChangeLab Solutions. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, Britt supported the dean of students at her alma mater, Mills College.

Britt has worked in the nonprofit sector for over ten years with a focus on education and youth development. 

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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...

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Trinh Vo

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...

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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...

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Jessica Wickens, MFA

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...

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Kim Arroyo Williamson

As director of communications, Kim oversees ChangeLab Solutions' communications team and its multimedia communications in support of the organization’s mission. Kim leads communications strategies to improve and expand the organization’s impact, national presence, and growth.

She also oversees the publication production process to ensure consistent branding and messaging in all print...

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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...

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Jasmyn Wong

As the finance associate at ChangeLab Solutions, Jasmyn provides administrative support to the finance team.

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...

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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...