Executive Director Xavier Morales, PhD, MRP

Xavier Morales, PhD, MRP

Executive Director

Dr. Morales, a longtime advocate for health equity and environmental justice, has worked to enable community-led initiatives to address health equity and also to promote multi-sector approaches to prevent violence.  Taking an expansive view of what constitutes health, he has diligently worked to enable opportunities for youth development, workforce development, college access, supporting prisoner reentry, alternatives to detention, early childhood development, affordable housing and mentoring programming.  Dr. Morales, originally from Sanger, California, studied Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley and City and Regional Planning at Cornell University.

LCHC Rebecca De La Rosa

Rebecca DeLaRosa, MPA

Director of Legislative Affairs

Rebecca DeLaRosa develops, manages, and implements the legislative and policy agenda for the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. Prior to joining LCHC, Ms. DeLaRosa worked on health equity issues as Legislative Director for Assemblymember Luis Alejo and Field Representative for Assemblywoman Anna Caballero. Ms. DeLaRosa received her Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of California, Davis.

Diana Garza

Diana Garza, MBA

Office Manager

Diana Garza served as a Field Representative for Assembly Member Connie Conway prior to coming to LCHC. Ms. Garza has extensive experience in social work. She has worked as a Deputy Probation Officer for the County of San Diego and a Staff Services Analyst and Social Services Worker for the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency. Ms. Garza, a Central valley native, holds an Associate of Arts degrees in Social Work as well as Liberal Arts. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Fresno Pacific University and received her Masters in Business Administration from United States University.

LCHC Shayla Spilker

Shayla Spilker

Health Policy Communications Manager

Shayla Spilker manages and implements policy and communications efforts for LCHC with a focus on expanding healthcare access and improving community conditions to promote equitable health outcomes among California’s Latino population.  Prior to joining LCHC in 2013, Ms. Spilker worked on health equity projects for Prevention Institute in Oakland, CA. She also worked in Santiago, Chile, providing HIV/AIDS prevention education to low-income youth and young adults, and currently volunteers at the City of Berkeley Public Health Clinic. Ms. Spilker received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.


Brenda Diaz

Health Policy Assistant

Brenda Diaz works closely with our Director of Legislative Affairs and our Health Policy Communications Manager to advance LCHC’s vision and support policy efforts to increase healthcare access for all Californians. Ms. Diaz has spearheaded a health educational fair, the annual Battle Heart Disease Fair, in conjunction with UC Davis’s Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program which promotes heart disease prevent within the Latino community. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology-Social Services from the University of California, Davis. 


Paola Alonso

Policy & Communications Intern

Paola Alonso supports our Policy and Communications team in their efforts to raise awareness about the current issues related to healthy food access that result in harmful and costly diseases among Latinos. She is a Bay Area native currently in the process of obtaining a Bachelors degree in Economics at Boston University. She is interested in using economic models to address the many disparities, health being a major one, which are so prevalent in the Latino community. Before joining LCHC, Paola was an active member of the English Learners Advisory Council, a group of individuals dedicated to advocating for the education of English learners in the Berkeley School District. Paola is expected to receive her Economics degree in the spring of 2017.


Anali Valdez

Policy & Communications Intern

Anali Valdez is devoted to initiating ways for disadvantaged and marginalized communities, such as those from her hometown in Bakersfield, to obtain the resources they need to live healthy lives through health equity and inclusion. As a part of LCHC’s Policy and Communications team, she works to reduce health disparities among California Latino communities by engaging non-health sectors and advancing progressive policy options through advocacy. Anali, a second-year Public Health major at UC San Diego, has been appointed by the Associated Students to the University of California Student Association Board of Directors. She hopes to effectively communicate student concerns on campus and disseminate information on issues such as health and immigration – issues that transcend across both LCHC’s networks and the UC system.


Deyanira nava

Policy & Communications Intern

Deyanira Nava is a Policy and Communications Intern supporting projects related to health care access and advocacy. From a very young age, Deyanira has been aware of the lack of health care access available to the Latinos of California, and has since been devoted to learning more about and spreading awareness of health care. She is in her final year at the University of California, Davis, working toward her Bachelors of Science in Anthropology. She is very active in the UC Davis campus as she is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, UCD Pre-Health Alliance and Study Abroad. After graduating, Deyanira hopes to move to Mexico for a year to do research on preventative methods for diabetes and volunteer at community clinics.  


Juan morales

CLCA Policy Intern

Juan Morales is a California Latino Capitol Association (CLCA) Policy Summer Intern. He is an incoming Senior at Cristo Rey High School in Sacramento. Juan wants to pursue a career in Government to ensure everyone has equal rights and representation when decisions are being made. Prior to joining LCHC, Juan interned with Assemblymember Henry T. Perea where he learned about the legislative process at the state Capitol. At LCHC, Juan researches issues ranging from health care access and public safety to immigration.  After high school, Juan plans to attend Sacramento State University to pursue his studies in Government.