CFPA Strategic Plan
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 PDF
Yolanda Anguiano, MPA, Nutrition Policy AdvocateOffice 213.482.8200 ext. 202, email@example.com
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.
Kerry Birnbach, MPAff, Nutrition Policy Advocate, Team Lead: CalFreshOffice 510.433.1122 ext. 110, Cell 510.506.5745, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerry works to develop and implement policies aimed at improving CalFresh access and participation. She previously worked as the Interfaith Voices Against Hunger Coordinator at the NYC Coalition Against Hunger. Originally from Berkeley, California, she received a BA from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. She also served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Austin. Kerry joined CFPA in January 2011.
Nicola Edwards, MS, RD, Nutrition Policy AdvocateOffice 213.482.8200 ext.204, Cell 310.625.2956, email@example.com
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.
Alexis Fernández, MSW, Director of Legislation, Team Lead: LegislationOffice 510.433.1122 ext. 111, Cell 510.368.0775, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexis leads the development and coordination of CFPA’s annual legislative agenda. In addition, as a member of the CalFresh team, 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.
Elyse Homel Vitale, MPH, Nutrition Policy Advocate, Team Lead: Child Care, Federal, CommunicationsOffice 510.433.1122 ext. 206, Cell 858.449.3597, email@example.com
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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George Manalo-LeClair, MSW, Executive DirectorOffice 510.433.1122 ext. 103, Cell 415.794.6080, email@example.com
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.
Ariana Oliva, Nutrition Policy AdvocateOffice 213.482.8200 ext.203, Cell 213.220.7920, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ariana's primary focus is RENEW LA, a county-wide initiative funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and reduce obesity. 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.
Tracey Patterson, MPH, Nutrition Policy Advocate, Team Lead: REAL School Food, AfterschoolOffice 510.433.1122 ext. 101, Cell 510.306.2226, email@example.com
Tracey focuses on projects and policies related to school food. She works to make school meals fresh, nutritious and delicious. Prior to joining CFPA, she managed a food justice initiative in San Francisco, led school wellness programs and a public health research project in New Orleans, and coordinated nutrition and garden education programs in New York City. She has a Master of Public Health in Community Health Education from the City University of New York. She joined CFPA in 2013.
Matthew Sharp, Senior Advocate, Team Lead: Los AngelesOffice 213.482.8200 ext. 201, firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt works to develop and advance CFPA's advocacy agenda with local government and community partners in Los Angeles, while providing support to CFPA's federal and state policy work. He regularly provides testimony at school board, city council, and county board hearings. He also coordinates the Los Angeles office's nutrition policy campaigns with local coalitions, task forces, and agencies to reduce food insecurity and obesity among low-income Angelenos. Matt joined CFPA in 1997.
Tia Shimada, MPH, Managing Nutrition Policy Advocate, Team Lead: Breakfast, Summer, Research & DataOffice 510.433.1122 ext. 109, email@example.com
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 student intern in 2008 and joined the staff in 2009.
Jeannie Wakamatsu, MPH, RD Nutrition Policy AdvocateOffice 213.482.8200 ext. 207, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeannie works to improve the nutritional quality and appeal of school meals in school districts across LA County, as well as play a role in informing our statewide REAL School Food Initiative. Prior to joining CFPA, Jeannie oversaw nutrition programs for CalFresh recipients as a Program Specialist for the Network for Healthy California at East LA College, and helped one local school district launch its own school wellness committee. She is a registered dietitian and received her MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago.