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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biosketches of Speakers, Moderators, and Planning Committee Members." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. Exploring the Power of Youth Leadership in Creating Conditions for Health and Equity: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27332.
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Appendix C

Biosketches of Speakers, Moderators, and Planning Committee Members
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Raymond Baxter, Ph.D., currently serves as the co-chair of the Population Health Roundtable of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine; a trustee of the Blue Shield of California Foundation; and a member of the Board of Directors of the CDC Foundation. Dr. Baxter most recently was the chief executive officer of the Blue Shield of California Foundation. He currently serves on the advisory boards to the Deans of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the UCSF School of Nursing.

For 15 years, Baxter was Kaiser Permanente’s national senior vice president for community benefit, research, and health policy. There he built the largest community benefit program in the United States, investing more than $2 billion annually in community health. He led Kaiser Permanente’s signature national health improvement partnerships, including the Weight of the Nation, the Convergence Partnership, and the Partnership for a Healthier America. Baxter also established Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research and built out its national genomics research bank, served as President of KP International, and chaired Kaiser Permanente’s field-leading environmental stewardship work. He was a founding sponsor of the KP School of Medicine.

Previously he headed the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and The Lewin Group. Baxter holds a doctorate from Princeton University. In 2001 the

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1 *denotes planning committee member, †denotes roundtable member

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biosketches of Speakers, Moderators, and Planning Committee Members." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. Exploring the Power of Youth Leadership in Creating Conditions for Health and Equity: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27332.
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University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health honored him as a Public Health Hero for his service in the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. In 2006 he received the CDC Foundation Hero Award for addressing the health consequences of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast. In 2016, the San Francisco Business Times recognized his philanthropic contributions with its first Legacy Award.

Jose Cordon is a poet, artist, and entrepreneur (CordonConcepts). Born into a Spanish-speaking immigrant home, Mr. Cordon has been creating and sharing his poetry for more than 10 years. He has performed for AltaMed, the Latino Community Foundation, AirBnB, Google, and many more. He has also been featured in events alongside major artists such as Luis Coronel and Amara La Negra. Mr. Cordon’s recent endeavors include organizing and hosting a one-of-a-kind poetry event that saw new and experienced, local and out-of-state poets gather to participate in the evolution of poetry, hosting and organizing multiple poetry open mics, and being asked to become the city of Antioch’s inaugural poet laureate. His drive, dedication, and life motto can be summed up in two Spanish words, “con ganas.”

Tammy Chang, Ph.D.,* is a health services researcher and practicing family physician with a passion for adolescent health, specifically, breaking the cycle of poverty and poor health among adolescent mothers and their children via community-engaged research. Her National Institutes of Health–sponsored research is focused on improving access to reproductive health care and promoting healthy pregnancy weight gain among at-risk adolescents using text messaging, social media mining, and natural language processing (NLP). She is also the founding director of MyVoice (www.hearmyvoicenow.org), a national text-message poll of youth aged 14–24 years. MyVoice engages youth and communities typically invisible to researchers and uses mixed methods and NLP to inform local and national policies in real time.

Mónica Córdova is the executive co-director of the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing. She is a native New Mexican who developed her leadership from a very early age through youth-organizing programs that used social justice and empowerment approaches. In 2005 she became the youth organizer at the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), a local community-based grassroots organization in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There she developed innovative youth rights campaigns that focused on building the leadership of SWOP’s youth members and in 2008 went on to become a co-director at SWOP. Ms. Córdova brought her many years of experience in youth and multigenerational organizing, building net-

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biosketches of Speakers, Moderators, and Planning Committee Members." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. Exploring the Power of Youth Leadership in Creating Conditions for Health and Equity: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27332.
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works, and community and civic engagement organizing to the national level at the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) team as a program director in 2014 to lead Healthy Communities: Youth for Healthy Schools and became deputy director in 2017. Ms. Córdova values the critical role FCYO plays to uplift the work led by youth of color that sits at the intersection of racial and educational justice, healthy equity, and building power. She also stays connected to local efforts in New Mexico as the president of the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center board of directors.

Jasmine Dellafosse is a servant leader, community organizer, and strategist. She has dedicated her organizing centering those closest to the issues as those closest to the solutions. She has confronted systemic racism for almost a decade, first as a youth organizer in her hometown of Stockton, California, and has continued her advocacy working on the front lines while leading initiatives at the intersections of racial justice, violence prevention, abolition, and community transformation. Dellafosse has convened and organized several campaigns across California and supported national campaigns and initiatives as leading movement strategist, organizer, and advisor to many communities, coalitions, philanthropic partners and more.

Dellafosse has served as a youth advisor that serves in partnership directly with Robert Ross, the chief executive officer of The California Endowment, to ultimately shape The Endowment’s investments and culture through philanthropy. She is also a member of The California 100 Advisory Council, composed of leaders and innovators committed to building a more equitable and inclusive future for all Californians. Dellafosse is committed to being unapologetic about her fight toward liberation. Currently, through her work now with ending poverty in California, she will serve in the capacity to help build a movement using our collective power to train, organize, and activate all Californians to envision a state that affirms the dignity of all people.

Cristina Flores is the current program coordinator for Homies 4 Justice (H4J), where she incorporates poetry and writing as part of her cultural strategy to develop trauma-informed programming for systems-affected youth at the Community United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ). Since Ms. Flores has been working with Homies 4 Justice, she began a new process of weekly wellness checks with each young person to monitor their wellness and provide wrap-around services. This new process has helped the program to double its enrollment and increase retention to 100 percent consistently.

Ms. Flores is from East Oakland and believes that young people of color should be at the table making decisions to dismantle the crimi-

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biosketches of Speakers, Moderators, and Planning Committee Members." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. Exploring the Power of Youth Leadership in Creating Conditions for Health and Equity: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27332.
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nalization and incarceration they are facing. She has been an organizer since the age of 13 and has worked with Life Skills Advisory, The Xicana Moratorium, 67 Sueños, and Causa Justa/Just Cause. Ms. Flores is currently a college student majoring in ethnic studies, while also receiving communication and media training through CURYJ.

George Galvis, M.C.P., is the co-founder and executive director of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ, pronounced “courage”). He draws from personal experience and his indigenous roots to help young people, particularly those involved in the criminal justice system, become community leaders for positive change. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Mr. Galvis was exposed to profound domestic violence and drug abuse at a young age and experienced racial targeting and systemic violence growing up in his neighborhood. Seeking protection and belonging, he turned to gang involvement and street life. At 17, Mr. Galvis was incarcerated and charged with multiple felonies related to his participation in a drive-by shooting. His experiences led to his life commitment as an advocate and organizer for elevating the power of young people most affected by criminalization and violence.

Mr. Galvis advocates for at-risk youth, prisoners, and formerly imprisoned individuals with children. As a board member of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, he helped create All of Us or None, which fights for the rights of formerly and currently incarcerated people and families. He has led statewide advocacy efforts to transform punitive school and juvenile justice policies that disparately affect youth of color and has developed traditional rites of passage programs as healthy alternatives to gang violence. He also serves as the co-director of the California Alliance for Youth and Community Justice, a broad coalition working collectively to end youth incarceration and youth treatment as adults and to build community capacity for alternatives to incarceration that empower young people in California.

Mr. Galvis was a leader of the Stop the Injunctions Coalition, which became the first community organizing effort in the nation to fully defeat a gang injunction in 2015. In addition, he has sponsored numerous state youth justice legislation and is a co-author of California’s Proposition 57, passed by voters in 2016. Mr. Galvis has been recognized by the Bay Area News Group and Comcast as a Hometown Hero and is a recipient of the 2013 California Peace Prize from The California Wellness Foundation. Mr. Galvis holds both a bachelor of arts in ethnic studies and a master’s in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and a Public Policy and International Affairs fellow.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biosketches of Speakers, Moderators, and Planning Committee Members." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. Exploring the Power of Youth Leadership in Creating Conditions for Health and Equity: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27332.
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Shawn Ginwright, Ph.D., is one of the nation’s leading innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development. He is a professor of education in the Africana Studies Department and a senior research associate at San Francisco State University. His research examines the ways in which youth in urban communities navigate through the constraints of poverty and struggle to create equality and justice in their schools and communities. Dr. Ginwright is also founder and chief executive officer of Flourish Agenda, Inc., a national nonprofit consulting firm, whose mission is to design strategies that unlock the power of healing and engage youth of color and adult allies in transforming their schools and communities.

In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Senior Specialist award from the State Department for his outstanding research and work with urban youth. Dr. Ginwright is the author of The Four Pivots: Reimagining Justice, Reimagining Ourselves, Hope and Healing in Urban Education: How Activists and Teachers are Reclaiming Matters of the Heart, Black in School—Afrocentric Reform, Black Youth and the Promise of Hip-Hop Culture, and Black Youth Rising, Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America. He is also the co-editor of Beyond Resistance!: Youth Resistance and Community Change: New Democratic Possibilities for Practice and Policy for America’s Youth.

Dr. Ginwright served as the chairman of the board for The California Endowment (TCE) from 2018 to 2021, with oversight of a $3 billion endowment to improve the health of California’s underserved communities. He continues to serve on TCE’s board of directors and also serves on the advisory board for the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning at the Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tuffs University.

Sheri Johnson, Ph.D.,* is the director of the Population Health Institute and a professor of population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Johnson is a clinical child psychologist and has worked within multiple sectors to improve health and equity. She has dedicated her career to partnering with children, families, community organizations, and systems to advance health and well-being. Awed by the resilience of individuals and communities, she is motivated to remove unfair obstacles and conditions that create and perpetuate health inequities. Dr. Johnson previously served as the administrator and state health officer for Wisconsin and the director of Behavioral Health Services at Milwaukee Health Services Inc., a federally qualified health center. Immediately prior to joining the University of Wisconsin, she was an associate professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Advancement of Underserved Children.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biosketches of Speakers, Moderators, and Planning Committee Members." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. Exploring the Power of Youth Leadership in Creating Conditions for Health and Equity: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27332.
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Dr. Johnson is a member of the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and a volunteer mentor for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Milwaukee. She completed undergraduate studies at Brown University, earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Boston University, and served as a clinical fellow in psychology at Harvard Medical School.

Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, M.P.H.,* is the chief executive officer of the Latino Community Foundation (LCF). Ms. Martinez Garcel has led LCF through a critical stage of growth and expansion. Today, LCF leads one of the largest networks of Latino philanthropists in the country, and it is the only statewide foundation solely focused on investing in Latino leaders. Ms. Martinez Garcel is driven by a sense of urgency, justice, and determination to create opportunities for Latinos to thrive economically and engage politically.

Previously, Ms. Martinez Garcel served as vice president of the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth). As a founding staff member, she was a key advisor to the president and helped establish the foundation as a resource for policy makers and community leaders across the state. Prior to joining NYSHealth, Ms. Martinez Garcel served as the executive director of Community Voices in New York City. During her tenure, she developed, evaluated, and expanded programs to advance equity, improve health, and improve quality of life for communities of color.

Ms. Martinez Garcel has served as a National Institutes of Health fellow for the Merida Department of Public Health in Yucatan, Mexico; a faculty member for the Social Science Department of the Borough of Manhattan Community College; and an adjunct professor at the New York University Global Institute of Public Health. Ms. Martinez Garcel has been appointed to several boards, including of the Institute for Civic Leadership, NAMI-NYC Metro, and Grantmakers in Health. She has served on the advisory board for KQED’s community advisory panel and co-chaired the National Latino Funds Alliance. Currently, she serves on the board for Equis Institute, The Accountability Movement, Philanthropy Together, and Forward Stride. She also serves on the leadership council of California Forward. Ms. Martinez Garcel has published extensively on issues related to health equity, vulnerable populations, and community health workers. She holds a master’s in public health from Columbia University and a bachelor of science degree from Cornell University.

Dipesh Navsaria, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.L.I.S., is a clinical associate professor of human development and family studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Human Ecology. Dr. Navsaria blends the

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biosketches of Speakers, Moderators, and Planning Committee Members." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. Exploring the Power of Youth Leadership in Creating Conditions for Health and Equity: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27332.
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roles of physician, occasional children’s librarian, educator, public health professional, and child health advocate. With graduate degrees in public health, children’s librarianship, physician assistant studies, and medicine, he brings a unique combination of interests and experience together. Navsaria has practiced primary care pediatrics in a variety of settings, with a special emphasis on working with underserved populations. He is involved in advocacy training for residents, medical students, and practicing physicians. His educational interests also include physician assistant education and public/population health training for clinicians. Additionally, Dr. Navsaria is strongly engaged with early literacy programs in health care settings, particularly around ideas of early brain and child development, which include neurobiological effects of adversity and poverty upon the developing brain. A dynamic speaker who easily translates basic science and clinical medicine for a wide variety of audiences in order to shape programs and policy, Dr. Navsaria lectures locally, regionally, and nationally on early literacy, early brain and child development, child health advocacy, and technology.

Pedro Noguera, M.A., Ph.D., is the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the University of Southern California (USC) Rossier School of Education. A sociologist, Dr. Noguera’s research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions as well as by demographic trends in local, regional, and global contexts. He is the author, co-author, or editor of 13 books, and he has published more than 250 research articles in academic journals, book chapters in edited volumes, research reports, and editorials in major newspapers. He serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations, including the Economic Policy Institute, the National Equity Project, and The Nation. Dr. Noguera appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on several national media outlets, and his editorials on educational issues have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News, and Los Angeles Times.

Prior to being appointed dean of the USC Rossier School of Education, Dr. Noguera served as a Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Before joining the faculty at UCLA, he served as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at New York University (NYU) (2004–2015), Harvard University (2000–2003), and the University of California, Berkeley (1990–2000).

Dr. Noguera was recently appointed to serve as a special advisor to the governor of New Mexico on education policy. He also advises the state departments of education in Washington, Oregon, and Nevada. From 2009 to 2012 he served as a trustee for the State University of

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biosketches of Speakers, Moderators, and Planning Committee Members." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. Exploring the Power of Youth Leadership in Creating Conditions for Health and Equity: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27332.
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New York as an appointee of the governor. In 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Education and Phi Delta Kappa honor society, and in 2020 Dr. Noguera was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Noguera has received seven honorary doctorates from American universities, and he recently received awards from the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, from the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and from the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU for his research and advocacy efforts aimed at fighting poverty.

Elena Padley is an 11th grade student at Hawken School in Cleveland, Ohio. Her current passions include distance running and climate sustainability. She recently discovered an interest for advocating for youth voice after working with MyVoice in summer 2022.

Jason Purnell, Ph.D., M.P.H.,* is the vice president of community health improvement for BJC HealthCare. He is responsible for BJC’s community health programs and oversees BJC’s connections with community-based programs. Prior to joining BJC, he spent over a decade focused on health equity and the social determinants of health as a faculty member in the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, where he retains an appointment as an associate professor. Dr. Purnell is the founding director of Health Equity Works (formerly For the Sake of All), a research-based initiative that translates data and research on the social determinants of health into engaging products to accelerate community action. He and his team and collaborators have been responsible for raising awareness and facilitating action on issues ranging from school health to affordable housing in St. Louis and beyond. A native of St. Louis, Purnell graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, with a bachelor’s degree in government and philosophy. His doctoral degree in counseling psychology is from The Ohio State University, and his master’s in public health is from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He serves as a member of the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; as chair of the steering committee of the COVID-19 Regional Response Team, which he helped to establish; and on the board of the Show-Me School-Based Health Alliance, which grew out of a Health Equity Works working group on school-based health centers.

Abigail Robinson, M.S., is the co-founder and lead teacher of Algoma Venture Academy, a project-based and community-based public charter school in Northeast Wisconsin. As a former student of the Algoma School District, Ms. Robinson co-founded a cross-age mentorship pro-

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biosketches of Speakers, Moderators, and Planning Committee Members." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. Exploring the Power of Youth Leadership in Creating Conditions for Health and Equity: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27332.
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gram and youth-led afterschool program as a sophomore in high school. She has also presented at youth leadership conferences in Colorado and Puerto Rico, engaging with and inspiring youth change agents around the world. Her experiences as an empowered youth ignited her passion for public education and communities. As a result, Ms. Robinson pursued a bachelor’s degree in education studies and a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her desire to move the needle for more equitable outcomes in education and communities is what drives her current work in Algoma Venture Academy, with the primary focus of empowering and equipping other youth to be community change agents.

Robert K. Ross, M.D., is the president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment (TCE), a private, statewide health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. During his tenure as president and CEO at TCE, Dr. Ross has provided leadership in supporting the vision of underserved communities and grassroots leaders for a healthier California and a healthier America. TCE has provided advocacy and funded efforts in support of “Health For All” across the state, expanding health coverage for undocumented residents, farmworkers, and “Dreamers,” strengthening diversity in the health workforce, advancing wellness-driven school climate reforms, improving health advocacy for young men and young women of color, and providing leadership for health-oriented criminal justice reform.

Dr. Ross also served as a founding board member of Covered California, the entity responsible for the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California. More recently, he served as the chair of the Los Angeles County Task Force on Alternatives to Incarceration, developing a strategic roadmap for the county to reform the criminal justice system in support of health-focused strategies to reduce incarceration. In 2021, Dr. Ross worked in partnership with the board of directors to raise $300 million for a first-ever social bond by philanthropy in California, designed to invest in systems-change and movement-building support of grassroots activists in social justice. Dr. Ross has an extensive background in health philanthropy, as a public health administrator, and as a clinician. His service also includes commissioner, Philadelphia Department of Public Health; medical director for LINK School-Based Clinic Program, Camden, New Jersey; instructor of clinical medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and faculty member at San Diego State University’s School of Public Health.

Dr. Ross has served as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans; co-chaired the national Diversity in Philanthropy Coalition; and has served as a member

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biosketches of Speakers, Moderators, and Planning Committee Members." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. Exploring the Power of Youth Leadership in Creating Conditions for Health and Equity: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27332.
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of the California Health Benefit Exchange Board, the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Board, National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and on the boards of Grantmakers in Health, the San Diego United Way, and the Jackie Robinson YMCA. He is a diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatrics and served on the President’s Summit for America’s Future and as chairman of the national Boost for Kids Initiative. He was honored by the Council on Foundations as the Distinguished Grantmaker of the Year for 2008 and received the American Public Health Association’s highest award in 2020. Dr. Ross received his undergraduate, master’s in public administration, and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, he has been invited to serve as Stanford University’s Distinguished Visiting Professor for the 2023 academic calendar.

Veronica Terriquez, Ph.D.,* is the professor and director at the Chicano Studies Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) College of Letters and Science. Often taking an intersectional approach, her research focuses on social inequality, immigrant incorporation, and transitions to adulthood. She is interested in understanding how institutional policies and practices can be responsive to the needs of low-income immigrant, Black, and Indigenous communities. She has published widely in journals and disseminated research in collaboration with schools, unions, community organizers, and local governments. Dr. Terriquez’s publications include awarding-winning work recognized by the American Sociological Association. Terriquez has also received major grants from the Irvine Foundation, the California Endowment, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the Stanford Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Terriquez received her Ph.D. in sociology at UCLA, her master’s degree in education at the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.A. in sociology at Harvard University.

Alex Toris currently serves as the cultural activist for Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ). He has worked in Oakland since 2015, primarily supporting youth in expressing themselves through cultural art. In his work, he values the intersectionality of ancestral roots and the communities he serves. Before CURYJ, he worked at Safe Passages, supporting their after-school program that partnered with schools all over East Oakland. Being from East Oakland, Mr. Toris understands the ways resources in education can greatly transform development. He strives to eliminate this institutional cycle in his community of not having sustainable access to resources through his work.

As a cultural activist, Mr. Toris uses his own story of how art empowered his purpose to give back to the community. His work includes

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biosketches of Speakers, Moderators, and Planning Committee Members." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. Exploring the Power of Youth Leadership in Creating Conditions for Health and Equity: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27332.
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working with local artists to develop and execute murals through the Aztlan Beautification Movement. He also collaborates with the Homies 4 Justice program, in coordinating year-round wellness events. Moreover, Mr. Toris supports our community healing work in Fruitvale. With this, he is able to work closely with both affected families and youth in extending resources to alleviate housing instability, mental health assistance, and food insecurity. His own lived experience of being formerly incarcerated has deeply instilled his drive to lift up his community.

Jonathan Todres, J.D.,* is a distinguished university professor and professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law, where his research focuses on children’s rights and child well-being. He is interested in exploring how law and policy shape the lived experience of children, how they can be employed to help prevent children’s rights violations, and how law—specifically children’s rights law—can elevate children. His primary research areas include the implementation of children’s rights law, child trafficking and other forms of violence against children, human rights education, human rights and the social determinants of health, and legal and cultural constructs of childhood. Mr. Todres has authored numerous publications on these topics as well as other children’s rights issues. He also serves as a regular advisor to nongovernmental organizations working on children’s issues and is a member of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Mr. Todres is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and previously served as a Fulbright Scholar in Ireland. He received his B.A. in international development from Clark University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School, and he served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.

Teal VanLanen, M.S.,* is a co-founder of Kinect M1, which is dedicated to connecting communities and supporting them in creating the conditions for all to thrive. For 14 years she worked for the Algoma School District in Wisconsin, starting off as a fifth-grade teacher and serving the last half of her career as the director of improvement and community engagement. Ms. VanLanen holds a master’s degree in educational leadership with an emphasis on social justice and equity. She has focused heavily on the vital conditions of health and cross-sector collaboration while expanding the capacity of staff, students, and community members through social change and improvement science tools.

In 2015, Ms. VanLanen co-founded the grassroots initiative Live Algoma, which earned international recognition, including the Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Award and the National Civic League’s All America City Award. In 2020, she co-founded the first public charter

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biosketches of Speakers, Moderators, and Planning Committee Members." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. Exploring the Power of Youth Leadership in Creating Conditions for Health and Equity: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27332.
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school in Kewaunee/Door County, Algoma Venture Academy, based on the Live Algoma model. Ms. VanLanen currently serves as a board associate for the National Academies’ Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice.

Kahlila Williams is a freshman at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a student leader/organizer with StudentsDeserve and Black Lives Matter Youth Vanguard. After the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, Black Lives Matter sent out a nationwide call to #DefundThePolice. Shortly after, Ms. Williams joined StudentsDeserve and their call to defund the school police and reinvest in Black futures. She began to speak at school boards, help organize and speak out at actions, and be featured on panels for her work. Ms. Williams has been recognized in the Los Angeles Times, Lalist, and People magazine and featured in a public service announcement with Levi’s. She continues to explore ways to organize within her community and fight for Black lives.

Kiana Joy P. Yabut is a representative for the University of Guam in the Guam Youth Congress, a government body that allows the youth to create and pass laws. Her platform is centered around three main issues: environment, mental health awareness, and gender equality. During her time in office, she has introduced legislation to ban the use of Styrofoam containers in restaurants and has passed legislation to mandate free period products in all public schools in Guam. In addition to the Youth Congress, she is also the deputy director and chief relations officer for Famalao’an Rights, Guam’s first reproductive initiative focused on addressing the need for accessible reproductive health care in the island. At the age of 21, she is also a student at the University of Guam double majoring in political science and public administration and will graduate this December.

Hahn Cao Yu, Ph.D.,* is the chief learning officer of The California Endowment (TCE) where she oversees learning, strategic development, evaluation, and impact activities and ensures that local and state grantees, board, and staff understand the results and lessons of the Foundation’s investments in its 10-year Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative. BHC focused on health equity and policy systems change through a community-driven, community power building approach. Dr. Yu’s work spans the research, evaluation, and philanthropic sectors. Prior to joining TCE, Dr. Yu served as vice president at Social Policy Research Associates (SPR). She has more than 25 years of experience in equitable evaluation and research in the areas of health and racial equity, social change philanthropy, leadership development, organizational effectiveness,

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biosketches of Speakers, Moderators, and Planning Committee Members." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. Exploring the Power of Youth Leadership in Creating Conditions for Health and Equity: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27332.
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policy advocacy, community organizing, and vulnerable populations. As a researcher at Stanford University and SPR, Dr. Yu is the author of numerous publications, including The Handbook on Leadership Development Evaluation (Jossey-Bass, 2006). Dr. Yu is the chair of the board of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and is a member of the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

Adrianna Zhang* is a student at Stanford University. She currently serves as the executive chair of the San Francisco Youth Commission. On the commission, she helped lead the Vote16SF/Prop G campaign to 207,000+ votes in 2020 and successfully advocated for Free Muni for Youth and several pieces of legislation that reached the SF Board of Supervisors on a range of topics from addressing anti-AAPI hate crimes to increasing affordable housing and climate action. As the District 7 appointee, she has also hosted the youth commission’s annual participatory budget town hall to increase understanding and voice on the city’s budget.

Ms. Zhang is also the founder and executive director of San Francisco Communities who Help Advance the New Generation of Education, or SF CHANGE, a nationwide organization that has presented free educational workshops to more than 30,000 students around the United States. Passionate about education equity, she has led SF CHANGE to partner with organizations such as UNICEF, SF Public Libraries, and more to sponsor and provide resources for the organization. Ms. Zhang is a member of the National Vote16 Advisory Board and was a speaker at TEDxCity of San Francisco 2021.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biosketches of Speakers, Moderators, and Planning Committee Members." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. Exploring the Power of Youth Leadership in Creating Conditions for Health and Equity: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27332.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biosketches of Speakers, Moderators, and Planning Committee Members." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. Exploring the Power of Youth Leadership in Creating Conditions for Health and Equity: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27332.
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Young people often engage and lead efforts to improve the social, economic, and environmental factors that influence the health and equity of communities and the nation. The National Academies Roundtable on Population Health Improvement hosted a hybrid public workshop in September 2023 at The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities in Oakland, California to discuss the power of youth leadership in creating conditions for health and equity and the civic infrastructure and resources that support youth participation and leadership in change efforts.

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