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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. In 2019, this plan was extended to 2021. Learn more about CFPA's goals for 2017-21 and our commitment to advance equity and diversity. link



Our Team

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Angeles Nelson, Policy Associate
Office 619.376.6214, angeles@cfpa.net
Angeles joined CFPA’s board of directors in 2018 and joined the staff in October 2019. She works to advance state policy that improves students’ access to healthy meals and increases food access for immigrant Californians. Prior to joining CFPA, Angeles worked as a community advocate and organizer for more than 15 years, helping to create opportunities, equity, and wellness for all.

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Betzabel Estudillo, MSW, Senior Advocate
Office 323.213.9511, betzabel@cfpa.net
Betzabel Estudillo is an advocate with experience in policy development and analysis, legislative and budget advocacy, coalition building, and community outreach and education. Betzabel works to increase food access for immigrant communities and students’ access to school meals. Prior to joining CFPA, Betzabel was at the Miguel Contreras Foundation and the California Immigrant Policy Center. Her passion for health and food justice stems from her experience as a former undocumented immigrant and a community organizer in multiple immigrant youth groups. Betzabel obtained her M.S.W and B.A from the University of California Los Angeles.

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Gabby Tilley, MPP, Policy Advocate
Direct 213.254.5123, gabby@cfpa.net
Gabby leads CFPA’s work to increase food access among immigrant Californians. She advocates centering equity in the administration and expansion of public nutrition programs. Prior to joining CFPA, Gabby served two AmeriCorps VISTA terms with the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps where she worked to increase SNAP participation and promote collaboration between anti-hunger organizations across the country. She received her Master of Public Policy from University of Southern California and joined the staff in 2018.

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George Manalo-LeClair, MSW, Executive Director
Direct 510.560.6483, 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 nearly three decades of experience in advocacy dating back to his time with the Jesuit Volunteer Corp. He joined CFPA in 1999.

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Jared Call, Senior Advocate
Phone 323.401.4972, jared@cfpa.net
Jared leads CFPA's state legislative agenda and the annual policy development process related to state legislation. Specific projects include implementing policies to improve CalFresh access and participation, and ensuring successful implementation of state-funded nutrition benefit pilot projects. Jared received his BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University.

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Kameron Mims-Jones, MSW, Policy Advocate
Direct C: 323.637.4576, kameron@cfpa.net
Kameron is a member of the CalFresh team, whose work is focused on implementing policies to improve access and participation. She is a passionate advocate for policies that promote social and economic justice for historically marginalized individuals and communities. Kameron received her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work and joined the staff in 2019.

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Melissa Cannon, MS, RD, Senior Advocate
Phone 209.200.8446, melissa@cfpa.net
Melissa leads CFPA's annual federal agenda and engagement efforts. Her areas of expertise include early childhood policy, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). She has expertise and a special interest in the intersection of law, health care, and access to social services. Melissa holds a MS in Health Policy and Law from UCSF and UC Hastings.

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Tia Shimada, MPH, Director of Programs
Office 510.433.1122, tia@cfpa.net
Tia provides overarching leadership for CFPA’s programmatic work. She also oversees CFPA’s annual research agenda. Her areas of expertise include policy advocacy to optimize the federal nutrition programs 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.