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Staff

Rebecca DelaRosa, MPA

Interim Executive Director

rdelarosa@lchc.org

Rebecca DeLaRosa is an experienced health advocate in policymaking and coalition building — having worked for the California Legislature and numerous non-profit organizations for the past ten years. Prior to becoming the Interim Executive Director, she was the Director of Legislative Affairs for LCHC — focusing on the development of legislative priorities. Rebecca grew up in Watsonville, California, to a family of farm workers, where she experienced health disparities first-hand. An experience where it has deeply impacted her to become a dedicated health advocate.

During her time as Legislative Director for Assemblymember Luis Alejo, and as Field Representative for Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, she worked on health and social justice issues ranging from clean drinking water access, driver licenses for all immigrants, and farmworker housing. While earning her Masters in Public Administration at Columbia University, she researched the effects of immigration enforcement by local government on crime reporting as part of her consulting work for Human Rights Watch. She also conducted extensive research on policies such as workplace diversity while working at Catalyst, a non-profit organization that promotes workplace inclusiveness for women. Prior to receiving her Masters with a focus in public administration and operations management from Columbia University, she received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from UC Davis.

Imelda Plascencia

Consultant, Health Policy Outreach Manager
iplascencia@lchc.org

Imelda S. Plascencia is LCHC’s Health Policy Outreach Manager based in Los Angeles. Previously, she was the Project Manager of Health Initiatives for the Dream Resource Center of the UCLA Labor Center. Imelda developed her passion for addressing healing justice issues through her involvement in immigrant rights and LGBTQ advocacy as a community organizer for the past eleven years. Imelda developed various programs for undocumented communities such as the CIRCLE Project, Queer Dream Summer and the Healthy California fellowship. She obtained her B.A in Chicana/o Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Adriana Mora

Health Policy Outreach Associate

amora@lchc.org

Adriana Mora received her Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior from the University of California, Davis. During her time at UC Davis Adriana participated in one of the student-run clinics that provides free health services to the under-served communities. Since then she has continued her efforts in providing culturally and linguistically competent health services and education by working with one of the Federally Qualified Health Centers serving the Sacramento area.

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Amrit sahota

Administrative Assistant

asahota@lchc.org

Amrit Sahota is LCHC’s Administrative Assistant based in Sacramento. Currently, she is pursuing her MPH in Epidemiology at The George Washington University – Milken Institute of Public Health. She obtained her BS from the University of California, Davis.

“LCHC is a wonderful place to work. The passion of everyone involved is immeasurable and I am grateful for the opportunity to work for an organization with such an honorable mission. As Administrative Assistant I aim to serve and connect you to LCHC in a meaningful manner. Please feel free to contact me at any point. Thank you.”

Juan Carlos Verdin

Health Policy & Communications Intern

jverdin@lchc.org

Juan C. Verdin received an Associate of Arts in Sociology from Sacramento City College and is currently attending California State University, Sacramento. Originally from Los Angeles, Juan moved to Sacramento and joined Brown Issues, an organization devoted to serving underrepresented youth in Sacramento. He established a Brown Issues chapter at Natomas High School in North Sacramento where he is continuing his work with high school youths to address the importance of health justice.  He encourages underrepresented youth to advocate on a diversity of issues, as well as organizes and engages youth on events throughout California, including type 2 diabetes awareness and the #SodaKills campaign.

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Jaime Ruiz

MPH Summer Intern

jruiz@lchc.org

As a Sacramento native, Jaime has always had a passion for health in his community, especially the one he calls home. As the son of migrant farm workers, Jaime witnessed the difficult trajectory his family was enduring in working the fields and as a result, initially had plans of attending chiropractic school because his father had multiple herniated disks from the strenuous labor. However, Jaime wanted to help at the community level over the individual and ultimately decided to pursue an MPH degree at UCLA with emphasis in Community Health Sciences. Jaime seeks to address the vast health disparities the Latina/o community currently faces at the policy level in an effort to make practical changes at the community level.

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Fernanda mendoza

CA Latino Capitol Association Summer Intern

fmendoza@lchc.org

Fernanda Mendoza was born in La Piedad, Michoacán, México. As the eldest sibling, she saw a need to be a mentor and active leader in her community. She has been part of many events such as the Cesar E. Chavez youth conference in Davis, Steps to College Fair, El Grito through the Mexican Consulate, and more. Fernanda graduated from Liberty Ranch High School in 2015 and is currently attending Cosumnes River College where she is pursuing her A.A. in Social Science with plans to transfer to UC Davis to obtain her B.A. in International Relations with a double minor in Spanish and Chicano/Latino Studies. As well working as a Admissions and Records clerk on campus at CRC. Fernanda is very passionate in helping her family, friends, and community in every way possible. Yo no pinté mis sueños, pinté mi realidad, porque era lo único que tenía o porque era lo único que conocía. -Frida Kahlo.