We are a statewide policy and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of low income Californians by increasing their access to nutritious, affordable food.

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As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization exclusively focused on food policy, CFPA can dedicate the whole of its time, resources, and energy towards increasing low-income Californians access to healthy food.

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In 2012, CFPA engaged in a strategic planning process to establish programmatic & organizational priorities for the next three years. You can learn more about CFPA's goals for 2013-16 by reading our strategic plan.

CFPA 2013-2016 Strategic Plan.

CFPA Staff

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Yolanda Anguiano, MPA, Nutrition Policy Advocate
Office 213.482.8200 ext. 202, yolanda@cfpa.net

Yolanda works to identify policy and advocacy strategies to increase CalFresh enrollment in Los Angeles, with a focus on strengthening linkages between CalFresh, health insurance and children under 5 years old. Previous to joining CFPA she worked as a Field Representative for Assembly Member Felipe Fuentes. She received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from California State University Northridge and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Yolanda joined CFPA in April of 2012.
 
 
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Nicola Edwards, MS, RD, Nutrition Policy Advocate
Office 213.482.8200 ext. 204, Cell 310.625.2956, nicola@cfpa.net

Nicola's time with CFPA is largely dedicated to childcare nutrition, the BreakfastFirst Campaign, and Los Angeles-specific nutrition policy advocacy and implementation. She has served as the Public Policy Chair of the Los Angeles Dietetic Association and has worked on childhood obesity prevention research with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Nicola is a Registered Dietitian and received her BS and MS in nutritional science from the California State University, Los Angeles. She joined CFPA in July 2008.
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Alexis Fernández, MSW, Director of Legislation, Team Lead: Legislation, CalFresh
Office 510.433.1122 ext. 111, Cell 510.368.0775, alexis@cfpa.net

Alexis leads the development and coordination of CFPA’s annual legislative agenda. In addition, as the CalFresh team lead, Alexis’ work focuses on developing and implementing policies aimed at improving CalFresh access and participation. She received her Master of Social Work with an emphasis on management and planning from UC Berkeley and a BA in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego. She began with CFPA as a graduate student intern in 2009 and joined the staff in 2010.
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Elyse Homel Vitale, MPH, Nutrition Policy Advocate, Team Lead: Child Care, Federal, Communications
Office 510.433.1122 ext. 206, Cell 858.449.3597, elyse@cfpa.net

Elyse works on projects that aim to increase access to the Child and Adult Care Food Program and improve the licensed child care nutrition environment. In addition, she leads CFPA's Federal Advocacy and Communications. Prior to CFPA, Elyse worked as a preschool teacher, a research associate at UCSD, and as the Hunger Advocacy Network Coordinator for JFS San Diego. Elyse obtained her Master of Public Health at UCLA through the Department of Community Health Sciences and started with CFPA in 2010.
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Bruce Kariya, Director of Finance and Operations
Office 510.433.1122 ext. 100, bruce@cfpa.net

Bruce Kariya is CFPA’s Director of Finance and Operations and has over 25 years of experience in finance and accounting. For many years, Bruce was the Director of Finance & Operations for Children Now, an Oakland-based, nonprofit, nonpartisan, independent voice for children, working to translate the nation's commitment to children and families into action. He was elected to the Oakland Unified School District Board in 1998. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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George Manalo-LeClair, MSW, Executive Director
Office 510.433.1122 ext. 103, Cell 415.794.6080, george@cfpa.net

George provides overall policy and administrative leadership for the organization. For many years, George directed CFPA's legislative efforts and led CFPA's CalFresh team, championing efforts to remove barriers to participation. Prior to joining CFPA, he was the Legislative Director for the Children's Alliance in Washington. George has a master's degree in social work and more than two decades of experience in advocacy dating back to his time with the Jesuit Volunteer Corp. He joined CFPA in 1999.
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Ariana Oliva, Nutrition Policy Advocate, Team Lead: Water
Office 213.482.8200 ext. 203, Cell 213.220.7920, ariana@cfpa.net

Ariana works on improving the appeal and presentation of school meals and expanding water access in schools as well as in other places where children learn and play. Prior to CFPA, Ariana was a 2008-09 Executive Fellow at the California Department of Food and Agriculture. She received her BA in psychology and a certificate in health care administration from the California State University, Long Beach. Ariana joined CFPA in May 2010.
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Tracey Patterson, MPH, Nutrition Policy Advocate, Team Lead: School Lunch, Afterschool, Mobile Vending Office 510.433.1122 ext. 101, Cell 510.306.2226, tracey@cfpa.net

Tracey focuses on school meals, the school food environment, and afterschool nutrition. She works to ensure that in-school and afterschool meals are nutritious, appealing and accessible to students. Prior to joining CFPA, she managed a food justice initiative in San Francisco, led school wellness and public health research projects in New Orleans, and coordinated nutrition and garden education programs in New York City. She has a Master of Public Health from the City University of New York. She joined CFPA in 2013.
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Tia Shimada, MPH, Managing Nutrition Policy Advocate, Team Lead: Breakfast, Summer, Research & Data
Office 510.433.1122 ext. 109, tia@cfpa.net

Tia coordinates CFPA's efforts on issues related to child nutrition. In particular, her work focuses on access, participation, and nutritional quality with respect to the school breakfast and summer nutrition programs. Tia oversees CFPA's research agenda, including data analyses that examine the impacts of the federal nutrition programs. She received her Master of Public Health at UC Berkeley through the Public Health Nutrition Program. Tia began with CFPA as a graduate intern in 2008 and joined the staff in 2009.