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

In 2016, CFPA engaged in a strategic planning process to establish programmatic & organizational priorities for the next three years. Learn more about CFPA's goals for 2017-19 and our commitment to advance equity and diversity. link



Our Team

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Jared Call, Managing Policy Advocate
Office 213.482.8200 ext. 201, Cell 323.401.4972, jared@cfpa.net
Jared leads the development of our Federal Agenda, and focuses on the intersection of the anti-hunger and anti-poverty movements and CFPA's mission. Current projects include advocating for a strong SNAP/CalFresh program in the federal budget and Farm Bill and implementing policies to improve CalFresh access and participation. Jared received his BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University.

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Melissa Cannon, RD, Policy Advocate
Office 510.433.1122 ext. 102, Cell 213.447.2300, melissa@cfpa.net
Melissa contributes to CFPA’s federal and administrative advocacy and has a special interest in the intersection of health care and nutrition. Currently she is exploring promising policies to build seamless referral pathways to nutrition assistance from health care. Additional projects include: advocating for policies that increase access to nutrition for children in child care. Melissa is currently completing her Masters of Science in Health Policy and Law at UCSF.

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Elyse Homel Vitale, MPH, Senior Advocate
Office 510.433.1122 ext. 206, Cell 858.449.3597, elyse@cfpa.net
Elyse leads CFPA's annual administrative advocacy development process, directs CFPA's early childhood advocacy initiatives, and specializes in child-related policy advocacy. She holds an MPH from UCLA, and joined CFPA in 2010. Elyse has over 10 years of experience leading public health, social services, research, organizing, and advocacy projects.

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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 over 25 years of experience in advocacy dating back to his time with the Jesuit Volunteer Corp. He joined CFPA in 1999.

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Tracey Patterson, MPH, Director of Legislation
Office 510.433.1122 ext. 101, Cell 415.794.8645, tracey@cfpa.net
Tracey directs CFPA's state legislative efforts and annual policy development process. Her areas of expertise include policy advocacy to increase access to federal nutrition programs, improve the quality of food in schools and community settings, and working in collaboration with community-driven actions. Prior to joining CFPA in 2013, she had a decade of experience in public health and education in high-poverty communities in California, Louisiana and New York. Tracey has led efforts with policy makers, public schools, community-based organizations, coalitions, researchers, and government agencies. She has a MPH from the City University of New York.

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Tia Shimada, MPH, Director of Programs
Office 510.433.1122 ext. 109, tia@cfpa.net
Tia provides overarching leadership for CFPA’s programmatic work. She also oversees the development and execution of CFPA’s annual research agenda. Her areas of expertise include policy advocacy to optimize the federal nutrition programs, particularly school and summer meals, and harnessing research to drive public policy. Tia has a strong interest in advancing equity and inclusion through systems change. She received her Master of Public Health from UC Berkeley and joined the staff in 2009.

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Beatriz Sosa-Prado, MS, Policy Advocate
Office 213.482.8200 ext. 207, Cell 562.544.3404, beatriz@cfpa.net
Beatriz has a background in Latino community health and nutrition. Her current projects at CFPA center around protecting immigrant access to nutrition programs and improving early childcare nutrition and cultural competency. Her previous research has focused on Latino/a health and culture, obesity prevention, and health disparities. Beatriz holds an M.S. in Health Science from California State University, Long Beach and an M.S.P.H. from University of California, Merced. She is a strong advocate of health care justice for all Californians.

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Gabby Tilley, MPP, Policy Advocate
Office 213.482.8200 ext. 202, Cell 562.544.7105, gabby@cfpa.net
Gabby contributes to CFPA’s policy advocacy around federal nutrition programs that increase access to high-quality, nutritious food. She believes in the power of storytelling to engage food insecure communities and drive policy that is rooted in equity and community empowerment. Prior to joining CFPA, Gabby served two AmeriCorps VISTA terms with the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps where she worked to increase participation in federal nutrition programs and promote collaboration between anti-hunger organizations. She received her Master of Public Policy from University of Southern California and joined the staff in 2018.