Our Council

Aude Dalie Bouagnon, PhD

UCSF Medical Student

Aude Dalie Bouagnon is the daughter of immigrants from France and Cote D’Ivoire. She attended Grinnell College in Iowa and graduated with honors in Biological Chemistry. Inspired by the potential of advancing human health and medicine through discoveries in the basic sciences, she completed her PhD in the Biomedical Sciences at UCSF under the mentorship of Kaveh Ashrafi. Her research interests revolve around understanding the metabolic, nutritional and environmental contributions to health and disease. Her doctoral work investigated the mechanisms by which gut-derived metabolites influence neuronal serotonin circuits to regulate behavior in C. elegans. Her work has been supported by the Amgen Scholars Program, NIGMS IMSD Fellowship, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Hillblom Graduate Fellowship for Aging Research and a Richard Allen Williams Scholarship. During her graduate training, Aude traveled to Cote D’Ivoire and was confronted with the stark inequities in health access and the burden of preventable diseases within her ancestral community. She since has been committed to health equity and is currently a second-year medical student at UCSF. As a scientist-physician, she dreams of translating scientific advances into public health, policy and educational interventions that benefit the most vulnerable individuals and communities around the world.

Jeffrey Chiu

Vice President of Human Resources, UCSF Health

Jeffrey is responsible for driving strategic and operational human resources initiatives to carry out UCSF Health's mission, vision and goals. He oversees talent acquisition, compensation, onboarding and HR operations, employee and labor relations, benefits and leave of absence administration, human resource information systems, occupational health services, workers' compensation, ergonomics and disability management, outreach and diversity, workforce planning and contingent/temporary labor.

In his 18 years working in human resources at UCSF, Jeffrey has held many different roles with increasing responsibility moving from an individual contributor to supervisor, to manager, up to his current role as the executive leader. He began his career as a temporary Recruiting Assistant with UCSF Stanford Health Care, was hired as a permanent employee within a few months, and has been with the organization through its transition from UCSF Stanford Health Care to UCSF Medical Center to UCSF Health.

Jeffrey grew up in New Jersey and attended Rutgers University, receiving bachelor's degrees in Marketing and Psychology and a master's degree in human resources management.

Charles M. Collins

President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of San Francisco

Charles M. Collins is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of San Francisco.  The 2030 Vision of the YMCA of San Francisco is, “With youth as our foundation, our vision is to engage and empower humanity to cultivate equity, well-being and planetary stewardship throughout our community, and the world.”

From 1983 to 2002, Mr. Collins was President and Chairman of WDG Ventures, Inc., and its affiliated companies which are engaged in the investment and development of commercial and residential real estate. Among the signature development projects completed during Collins’ tenure were The Metreon and the Four Seasons Hotel and Condominiums.

Mr. Collins has practiced law and was a former Deputy Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency for the State of California.  He also has an extensive city planning background and direct a comprehensive study for the City and County of San Francisco incorporating economic and fiscal considerations, land use planning, transportation systems, and housing requirements resulting in the Downtown Plan for the City and County of San Francisco.

Mr. Collins serves on the San Francisco Arts Commission, is the former co-Chair of the ShapeUp SF Coalition, a board member of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and former trustee of Williams College, the San Francisco State University Foundation and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

Mr. Collins received his Bachelor of Arts with honors from Williams College, Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Juris Doctor from the Harvard Law School. Under a fellowship from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, he was awarded a Diploma from the Athens Center of Ekistics in Athens, Greece. Upon completion of M.I.T, he was named the outstanding graduate student in the Department Urban Studies and Planning.  He received the Bicentennial Medal from Williams College in 1999 and was a recipient of the 2019 Silver SPUR Award.

Mr. Collins is the author of The African Americans, Viking-Studio Books 1993 (paper 1995) and senior editor of A Day in the Life of Africa, The Tides Foundation and Penguin, 2002.

Shelby Decosta, MHA

Chief Strategy Officer

Shelby Decosta is the Chief Strategy Officer of UCSF Health, which includes UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, UCSF Faculty Practice, Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinic, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians and other entities within the growing health system.   As the primary strategy resource for UCSF Health, she is responsible for leading and executing strategic planning and business development functions for UCSF Health and has oversight for relationship development, network development, strategic evaluation of business plans, affiliations, joint ventures and acquisitions and marketing. 

Prior to this role, she was SVP of mergers, acquisitions and partnerships at Trinity Health (Livonia, MI).  Ms. Decosta also served in various strategic planning roles at Dignity Health (San Francisco, CA) including Chief Strategy Officer, Vice President of Business Development & Clinical Integration, and Director of Strategy for the system’s Nevada market and VP Mergers & Acquisitions for the system.  Shelby’s experience also includes Southern California Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser Permanente) Regional Service and Access.

Ms. Decosta received both her Masters in Healthcare Administration and Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention/Health Policy and Management at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.

She is a member of the Young Professional Advisory Council for Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and previously served on a number of boards including Community Ambulance (Henderson, NV), Dignity Health/United Surgical Partners International, Inc. (Phoenix, AZ) and SMI Imaging LLC (Phoenix, AZ) and The Care Alliance (Livonia, MI).  In 2012, she was named one of InBusiness Las Vegas’s “40 under 40” award recipients.

Jess Ghannam, PhD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences, UCSF School of Medicine

Dr. Jess Ghannam is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences in the School of Medicine at UCSF. His research areas include evaluating the long-term health consequences of war on displaced communities and the psychological and psychiatric effects of armed conflict on children. Dr. Ghannam has developed community health clinics in the Middle East that focus on developing community-based treatment programs for families in crisis. He is also a consultant with the Center for Constitutional Rights and other international NGO's that work with torture survivors. Locally, he works to promote and enhance the health and wellness of refugee, displaced, and immigrant populations from the Middle East and North Africa, and has established a community-based Mental Health Treatment Program to support these communities. At UCSF, Dr. Ghannam develops culturally competency training programs for staff, students and faculty working with patients from the Middle East. He serves on the Chancellor's Council of Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion. He is past president of the Arab Cultural and Community Center and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in San Francisco.

Luis Granados

CEO, Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)

Luis Granados proudly served as the Executive Director for the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) since 1999, becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2018. During his tenure, Luis has worked to create asset-development opportunities for San Francisco Bay Area low- to moderate-income Latino families. Luis has a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s of Science from University of California, Davis. Luis also sits on the following boards: Board Member, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR); Board Chair, California Reinvestment Coalition; Community Advisory Board Member, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Board Member, National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders, and Board Member, Raza Development Fund. Luis' work is driven by his experience as an immigrant from Juarez, Mexico, his family heading to Southern California when he was a teenager.

Kevin Grumbach, MD

Chair, Family and Community Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine

Dr. Grumbach is Professor and Chair of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF and Chief of Family and Community Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. He is the Director of the UCSF Center for California Health Workforce Studies. His research on topics such as primary care physician supply and access to care, racial and ethnic diversity in the medical profession, and the impact of managed care on physicians have been published in major medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and cited widely in both health policy forums and the general media. He co-authored the book, “Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach,” published by Appleton-Lange. Portions of the book have been excerpted in serial form by the JAMA, and the book has become the best-selling textbook on health policy.

Dr. Grumbach also is co-chair of the Research Committee of the Bayview Hunters Point Health and Environmental Assessment Task Force, a community-research partnership, and is a founding member of the California Physicians’ Alliance, the California chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Saeeda Hafiz

Wellness Policy Project Manager, School Health Programs, San Francisco Unified School District

Saeeda Hafiz is the Wellness Policy Project Manager for the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD).  As the Wellness Policy Manager, she is responsible for Implementing a framework to actively promote an environment that encourages and supports students, staff, families, and communities to make healthy choices.  SFUSD's Wellness Policy vision is to make the healthy choice the easy and most-desirable choice; especially seen through an equity lens, where San Francisco's public schools become premiere wellness hubs for the students and their families inspired by the CDC's Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.

Saeeda received a BBA from Temple University along with certifications from Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center and the Natural Gourmet Institute. She is also a yoga instructor and holistic health educator. She focuses on sharing her knowledge of physical and mental wellness with diverse groups. Saeeda is the author of The Healing: One Woman's Journey from Poverty to Inner Riches published by Parallax Press. A memoir focusing on breaking the cycle of poverty and violence through radical self-care.

Jim Hine, MBA

Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Procurement Officer, Supply Chain Management, UCSF

Jim oversees all supply chain operations for approximately $1 billion in annual UCSF spending. Prior to joining UCSF in 2005, he spent 20 years in management consulting and leadership roles with several firms -- including Boston Consulting Group, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Huron Consulting – with a focus on strategy, operations, supply chain, procurement and sourcing.  He has BA in psychology and communications and MBA in operations and strategy, both from Stanford University.

 

Artanesha Jackson, MSW

FINDconnect Program Manager, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland

Artanesha Jackson is a proud native of Oakland, CA and a product of Oakland Public Schools, completing her high school education at McClymonds High School in West Oakland. Artanesha has over fifteen years of direct service experience and has worked at Lincoln Child Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland (BCHO), Chappell Hayes School-based Clinic as a Clinical Social Worker in Oakland for the last eight years. Artanesha prides herself on being a role model, mentor and a leader in her community. As a Clinical Social Worker, Artanesha worked as a School-Based Clinician working with some of the most vulnerable populations. Her efforts helped to build relationships amongst students, their families and teachers in order to support the development and success of young people. After holding positions within school-based mental health and youth development programs, Artanesha decided that she wanted to make change systemically.

As part of BCHO, she found the opportunity within the Department of Community Health and Engagement to combat health inequity by engaging in efforts to shift the paradigm of how medicine is practiced today. Artanesha is currently the Program Manager for FINDconnect, founded and directed by a BCHO pediatrician, Dr. Dayna Long. FINDconnect has been implemented as a standard of care at the BCHO Primary Care Clinic. FINDconnect is an online technology platform created to support the efforts of help desks and community health workers (also known as navigators) in both medical and other community settings to decrease the impact of Social Determinants of Health. Artanesha is responsible for all logistics, including but not limited to, developing curriculum and implementing training for all FIND volunteers and incoming BCHO residents, managing local and national partnerships, drafting/negotiating contracts, providing demonstrations of the FINDconnect tool to potential partners, completing funder reports and leading grant application efforts. After recently joining UCSF’s Center for Community Engagement Council as a member of the Research Committee, Artanesha is excited to expand her advocacy efforts.

Artanesha attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies and Social Welfare. During her time at the University of California, Berkeley, Artanesha was engaged with several organizations, working toward the betterment of underrepresented communities and she continues those efforts through her work today. Once completing her undergraduate degree Artanesha took time off from school before attending and graduating from The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Social Work with a concentration in School Social Work. In 2017, Artanesha completed the Emerging Leaders of Color Leadership Program and was recently accepted into the UCSF Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program as part of the Fall 2018 cohort.

Artanesha is a recently transformed vegan and loves to create new fun recipes. In addition, she is all about connecting with nature and enjoys hiking, biking, roller skating and jogging.

Melissa Jones, MPA

Executive Director, Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHI)

Melissa is passionate about creating the conditions that increase quality of life and makes life more fair for more people.  Her work focuses on the intersection of social determinants of health, social inequity, and well-being.

Her experience includes work in municipal government and non-profits, in the Bay Area’s large and small cities. Melissa is an active community member in Oakland and also serves on the Association of Bay Area Government’s Regional Planning Committee, which advises on regional planning issues.

Before joining BARHII, Melissa served as Senior Program Officer at Boston Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), where she launched and ran Boston LISC’s Resilient Communities Resilient Families (RCRF) Initiative. The initiative works to ensure that residents of Boston’s Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan neighborhoods benefit from the rising tide of transit and other public investments. During her tenure, RCRF engaged several thousand residents and non-profits in neighborhood planning. The program has invested millions of dollars to fund affordable housing, leadership development, Family Financial Opportunity Center programs, and a local entrepreneurship pipeline program to ensure residents’ financial lives are improving. She was awarded the LISC’s President’s award in 2014 for her work on comprehensive community development.

Melissa has additional experience funding and implementing programs focused on community economic development, family financial stability, education, and civic empowerment.  Specifically, she has served in youth empowerment organizations, as Program Specialist for the City of Alameda, and as Program Analyst for the City of Oakland’s Oakland Fund for Children and Youth. Early in her career, she served as Director of Professional Development for Partners in School Innovation where she trained staff to support school reform efforts in San Francisco Unified, San Jose Unified, and Oak Grove Unified school districts.

Saidah Leatutufu, MPA

Director, Economic Advancement, HOPE SF, Office of the Mayor

Saidah Leatutufu serves as the Director of Economic Advancement for HOPE SF, the nation’s first large-scale public housing transformation and reparations effort without mass displacement. As the Director of Economic Advancement, Saidah develops systems that advance and support the economic self-sufficiency and financial stability of households of color with low incomes. She aims to activate and advance prosperity pathways, that result in the connection of Black and Brown folks to asset building and the regional wealth across the Bay Area.

Saidah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from the University of San Francisco, a Master’s in Public Administration from San Francisco State University, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California. A former public housing resident turned homeowner, Saidah’s residency in Bayview Hunter’s Point and her exposure to systemic inequities in communities of color catalyzed her passion for initiating change in underrepresented neighborhoods. Saidah is passionate about preserving the life and culture of the neighborhood that raised her and surrounding areas.  When not working to resolve the racial wealth gap in San Francisco, she loves traveling and trying new cuisine. 

Monique LeSarre, PsyD

Executive Director, Rafiki Coalition for Health and Wellness

Monique LeSarre is a proud San Francisco resident, and prides herself on her community service, known as Dr. Mo in the community, Dr. LeSarre is Executive Director of Rafiki Coalition, an agency that focuses on reducing Health Disparities and Increasing Wellness in San Francisco's Black community. She also teaches at California Institute of Integral Studies, and gives workshops, trainings, and keynotes locally and Nationally. She is a proud member of UCSF's Center for Community Engagement's Anchor Institution work and a community partner and advisor on multiple projects within UCSF.

Adrian Núñez

Masters in Nursing Candidate 2022, UCSF

Adrian is a nurse practitioner student of the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) at UCSF’s School of Nursing and a 20 year resident of San Francisco. Inspired by UCSF alumni in the community, Adrian decided to go back to school to become a healthcare provider, a life-long goal. Prior to re-entering academics as a student, Adrian spent most of his two decade career in community relations, outreach, enrollment and program management for public health coverage programs in San Francisco, such as Medi-Cal, Healthy Kids, and Healthy San Francisco. Most recently, and prior to starting his graduate program in 2019, Adrian was the Director of Statewide Programs for the California Food is Medicine Coalition where he implemented a statewide Medi-Cal medically tailored meals pilot program across six counties aimed at reducing hospital readmission rates among clients living with congestive heart failure. Adrian also worked as a healthcare consultant with Kenny & Company and a Director of Population Health for a bay area physician’s medical group. 

M. F. Chester Palesoo, MA

Leadership Development Consultant, API Consulting Network

Mr. Palesoo was born and raised in American Samoa, a territory of the United States of America.  He has been in the human services field for over 25 years with a master’s degree and certified human services counseling background skills. He began his career in human services as advocate and counselor with Job Train/OICW for 19 years, and currently with API Consulting Network.  He was an elected official on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education for 12 years. An effective Pacific Islander leader, Mr. Palesoo was awarded the Unsung Hero Award for Pacific Islander leadership for two consecutive years and has received recognition by local, state, and federal government for outstanding community services. He completed his military service with honorable discharge by the U.S. Army, including honorable medals for successful military service. Affiliations and membership of the following: PICC Board of Directors, EPA Measure-C Advisory, APALI Fellows Advisory, California API Americans Public Affairs, California API Legislative Advisory Committee.

Douglas M. Parrish

President and CEO of Red Dipper, Inc., Vice President of SF African American Chamber of Commerce

Doug is an executive with extensive experience in corporate development in entrepreneurial companies. He began his career as a professional football player as a 7th round draft pick to the NFL’s New York Jets. He also spent five years playing in the Canadian Football League and won the coveted Grey Cup Championship with the Edmonton Eskimos! Today, he is committed to contributing back to his community as the first VP of the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the University of California Small & Diverse Business Advisory Council. Doug holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Howard L. Pinderhughes, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF School of Nursing
Affiliated Faculty, UCSF Institute for Health and Aging  

As a faculty member in the Department of Social and Behavioral Science, Dr. Pinderhughes has conducted research and assisted in developing programs aimed at easing race relations among youth, and the intervention and prevention of adolescent violence.

Dr. Pinderhughes is currently developing a conceptual framework to address the production of racial, class and gender health inequity. His past research includes a study of racial attitudes among youth and racial violence in New York City; the subject of his book, Race in the Hood: Conflict and Violence Among Urban Youth (1997). 

 

Ellie Rossiter

Initiative Officer at The San Francisco Foundation and Director of The Partnership for HOPE SF

Ellie Rossiter brings over 20 years of entrepreneurial, for-profit business management, as well as non-profit social justice organizational management to her current position as initiative officer at The San Francisco Foundation and director of The Partnership for HOPE SF, an initiative which creates opportunities for residents who live in San Francisco’s most distressed public housing. Prior to this position, Ellie was the executive director of Parents for Public Schools, a non-profit community based organization that engages parents from all backgrounds and neighborhoods across San Francisco in advocating for quality public education.  Ellie is passionate about strategic, collaborative processes, supporting youth and their families, developing community leaders, and building strong, diverse communities.  She has a degree in finance from the University of Oregon.  Her two children, who are 5th generation San Franciscans, attend public schools in San Francisco.

Victor Rubin, PhD

Vice President for Research at PolicyLink

Victor Rubin is Vice President for Research at PolicyLink, a national nonprofit institute for policy change.  He has been an urban planning researcher, teacher, and consultant for more than 30 years.  He has been leading local engagements on inclusive economic development strategies in Detroit, Baltimore, and several other cities, and written about these strategies most recently in “Equitable and Inclusive Growth Strategies for American Cities,” a chapter in Shared Prosperity in America’s Communities (S. Wachter and L. Ding, editors, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).  He is a member of the American Institute of Architects’ Design and Health Leadership Group, the Health and Wellness Advisory Committee of the National Park and Recreation Association, the National Advisory Committee for the RWJF Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Fellowship Program, and the California Planning Roundtable. Victor joined PolicyLink in 2000 after serving as Director of the HUD Office of University Partnerships. He was formerly Adjunct Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, the department where he earned his MCP and Ph.D. He lives in Oakland, a city whose virtues he has appreciated and on whose behalf he has volunteered for more than three decades.

Christina Shea

Deputy Chief/Director, Clinical Services of Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS, Inc.)

Christina Shea is the Deputy Chief/Director of Clinical Services at Richmond Area Multi-Services (RAMS), a comprehensive behavioral health services agency in San Francisco. She oversees the eleven departments, over 30 programs that serve the under-served and under-represented communities.  Before that she has served as the Director of Child, Youth & Family Services, providing leadership and effective clinical and administrative fiscal management. Prior to that, for six years she was instrumental in the successful planning, implementation, development and management of the RAMS Fu Yau Project (a collaboration with SFDPH-BHS-CYF Chinatown Child Development Center); a prevention and early intervention mental health services program for the childcare community, which has grown dramatically since its inception.  She serves as the co-chair for Asian and Pacific Islander Health Parity Coalition.

As a first-generation immigrant from Hong Kong and mother of two young adults, Ms. Shea is personally and professionally aware of the assimilation, acculturation, integration and developmental issues that are prevalent in the population in which RAMS serves. She is a strong advocate for the underserved communities, continuously raises awareness about mental health issues, diligently works on efforts to address barriers of access to services, and is passionate about mentoring and promoting the next generation of bilingual and bicultural clinicians. 

Ms. Shea is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and has been working clinically and administratively in the mental health field for three decades.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from University of California at Davis and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from California State University at Hayward. She has worked clinically with diverse populations - African Americans, Asian Americans, Chinese immigrants and refugees from South East Asia, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, adults, adolescents, children, and families.

In her spare time, Christina likes to practice for and compete in dragon boat races all over California and the West coast.

Elizabeth Silva, PhD

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Graduate Division, UCSF

Liz is a trained biomedical research scientist with interests and experience in science policy particularly relating to publication and research ethics, reproducibility of research, and training of biomedical graduate students and postdocs.

After completing her PhD and postdoctoral training in developmental biology and genetics (in Canada, the UK and the US), she moved to PLOS ONE as an Associate and then Senior Editor. She returned to UCSF in 2014 where she managed the Motivating INformed Decisions (MIND) program, one of 17 experimental programs across the country that aimed to bring biomedical research training in line with the realities of the career outcomes for graduate students and postdocs. In 2016 she became the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in UCSF's Graduate Division. In her role as Associate Dean, she works with students, staff, and faculty to support the success and well-being of students in the Master’s and PhD programs at UCSF, from recruitment through to graduation.

She has served as a panelist and speaker on a variety of topics in science policy, including: reproducibility in research, ethical conduct in research and publishing, research communication and publishing for scientists, career exploration and professional development for PhDs, and issues related to the roles of PhD trainees in the biomedical workforce and in academia.

Eunice Stephens

Associate Dean and Chief of Staff, UCSF School of Dentistry

Eunice Stephens is Associate Dean and Chief of Staff for the UCSF School of Dentistry.  In her role, she serves as a strategic adviser to the dean and leads key initiatives in support of the school’s operational and strategic priorities. Eunice’s role encompasses planning and strategic growth, short and long range policy development, communications and high-level program development and execution.

Eunice has provided over 25 years of service to UCSF and was recognized with the UCSF Great People Award in 2013 and the Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional University Management in 2016.  Prior to her current role, she served as Executive Director of Clinical Research Operations and Administration for UCSF Health and Executive Director of the Office of Clinical Research, which supports UCSF’s portfolio of approximately 3,500 clinical trials and the many thousands of patients who are associated with them.

Her earlier work at UCSF was in various departments including the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), the Department of Anthropology, History & Social Medicine, the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS).  Throughout all of her roles at UCSF, her mission has been to provide efficient, reliable, and effective operational and strategic support that improves patients’ lives and enables faculty and staff to thrive.

Marie Sturgell

Real Estate Consultant, REMAX Prestigious Properties

Marie Sturgell is a real estate consultant whose mission is to help individuals achieve bridging the wealth legacy gap through homeownership. Marie's passion is educating the communties that she serves by changing the narrative through STEM education and financial literacy. Marie is the proud parent of a son and daughter - both college graduates, ages 22 and 31. She currently resides in San Francisco CA. 

Joaquín Torres, MA

Director, San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development

Joaquín Torres is the current Deputy Director at the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development where he leads Mayor Lee's Invest In Neighborhoods Initiative, leveraging city resources across city departments to maximize positive economic and social impact in our neighborhoods. Prior to his recent appointment, Joaquin served as Director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS) under Mayor Edwin M. Lee. Under former Mayor Gavin Newsom, Joaquín served as the Liaison to the Latino and American Indian communities and to districts nine and eleven. Joaquín is a graduate of Stanford University and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He lives in Bernal Heights.

Shannon Turner

Controller, UCSF

Francesca Vega

Vice Chancellor, Community & Government Relations, UCSF

Francesca Vega began her appointment as Vice Chancellor of Community & Government Relations at the University of California, San Francisco, on August 26, 2019. Reporting directly to UCSF’s Chancellor and leading a team of Community & Government Relations professionals, Francesca facilitates the university’s interactions with local, state and federal governments, as well as its relationship with the business community, neighboring communities and various other stakeholder entities.

Prior to beginning her appointment at UCSF, Francesca was active in the political and public policy arenas for the last 15 years in Sacramento and Los Angeles. Education and access to higher education are Francesca's priority issues as a means of empowering historically impoverished communities. Strengthening the educational pipeline through access to affordable educational opportunities has been a critical aspect of Francesca's personal interests and professional work in the legislature and in public higher education. Having worked in various political campaigns over the years, Francesca is a skilled advocate and coalition builder.

Prior to working at UCSF, Francesca served as Vice President of Government and Community Relations at Cal State Northridge, and served as an Assistant Director of State Government Relations at UCLA. She began her professional career in the California State Assembly in 2001 and relocated to Los Angeles from Sacramento in 2005 to work with the late Assemblymember Marco Firebaugh. Francesca graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in government and a minor in sociology from California State University, Sacramento.

Francesca is currently a board member of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, and was previously a board member of various other civic organizations in the southern California region including the Child Development Institute, Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed), the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA), where she served as Co-Chair of the Education Committee, and the 33rd California Congressional District Leadership Council. Born and raised in Yuba City, California, Francesca now considers San Francisco her home.

Donald Woodson, MA

Director, Center for Science, Education & Outreach, Office of Diversity and Outreach, UCSF

Don Woodson is director of UCSF's Center for Science Education and Outreach. Since 1999, the CSEO has provided programs and services to K-16 students, parents, and schools that lead to student academic success, increased college-going rates, and exploration of various STEM careers. In 2016, Don was recognized with a Chancellor Award for Exceptional University Service.

Naomi Wortis, MD

Clinical Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine

A doctor and a teacher, Naomi provides primary care for patients of all ages at the San Francisco General Hospital Family Health Center, and teaches medical students and residents about clinical care and the role they can play engaging with communities to promote health equity and social justice.

She was Co-founder of the CCE’s two predecessors: the Department of Family and Community Medicine’s Community Partnership Resource Center and UCSF’s Office of University Community Partnerships. Naomi also develops service-learning curricula and mentors students and residents on community-engaged work, particularly in Bayview Hunters Point, the Mission, and Visitacion Valley. Most recently she has begun work with community and student partners on designing a new community engagement course that will be required for all UCSF medical students.

Prior to joining UCSF’s faculty, she served as a primary care provider at the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Silver Avenue Family Health Center and its satellite, the Hawkins Clinic in Visitacion Valley. Before becoming a doctor, she was a public health Peace Corps Volunteer in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), and she started a community health worker training program at Martha Eliot Health Center in Jamaica Plain, MA.

Naomi has always been passionate about health equity, social justice, and providing high quality primary care for diverse patients, but feels that is not enough. She believes health care professionals can have more impact if they incorporate community engagement and social advocacy into their work and wants to be part of training a healthcare workforce that will reflect the diverse communities we serve.

 

Past Council Members

 

Past CCE and CPRC Council Members actively contributed to and helped build today's CCE. 

CPRC at the School of Medicine served as a model for today's CCE. For more information about the CPRC, see Our History.

Past

Center for Community Engagement (CCE) Council Members
  • Tomás Aragón
  • Emylene Aspilla
  • Tavi Baker
  • Kavoos Ghane Bassiri
  • Michael Baxter
  • Lisa Berens
  • Lynda Boyer-Chu
  • Patricia Caldera Munoz
  • Marco Chavarin
  • Anni Chung
  • Gerri Collins-Bride
  • Lariza Dugan-Cuadra
  • Christine Gasparac
  • Ellen Goldstein
  • Linda Gregory
  • Jay Harris
  • Gwen Henry
  • Troy Henry
  • Jennifer Herman
  • Karen Hill
  • Kristin Hoeft
  • Eli Horn
  • Dixie Horning
  • Michael Huff
  • Richard Jimenez
  • Sharon Johnson
  • Lindsey Jones
  • Donald T. Kishi
  • Eric Scott Lewis
  • Eric Mar
  • Julia Martinez
  • Sudeep Motupalli Rao
  • Rani Mukherjee
  • John Nickens
  • Lani Proctor Pettersen
  • Delia Reid
  • Lorie Rice
  • Nora I. Ríos Reddick
  • Lena Robinson
  • Yvette Robles
  • Tse Ming Tam
  • Kevin Truitt
  • Ana Valdez
  • Chris Waddling
  • Jane Weintraub
  • Sharon Youmans

Past

Community Partnership Resource Center (CPRC) Council Members
  • Lariza Dugan-Cuadra
  • Ellen Goldstein
  • Karen Goodson Pierce
  • Piper McGinley
  • Chester Palesoo – Current CCE Council Member
  • Ana Cecilia Pérez
  • Jim Queen
  • Mitchell Salazar
  • Concepcion J. Saucedo Martinez
  • Frederick L. Tatum
  • Michael Texada
  • Ms. Lynn Westry