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.



Sara Soka, MS

Health Policy Outreach Manager

Sara Soka leads grassroots advocacy and education efforts for LCHC and is currently focused on building awareness and action to prevent diabetes and other chronic diseases in California’s Latino community. Ms. Soka has years of experience working with community health coalitions and on food systems change, most recently as the campaign manager for Berkeley’s historic sugary drink tax. She’s also trained members of the public health community in strategic story-based communication. Ms. Soka has a Masters of Science in Population Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and completed a post-masters public health training fellowship at the State of Wisconsin’s Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention Program. 

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 Associate

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. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology-Social Services from the University of California, Davis. At UC Davis, Ms. Diaz 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 prevention within the Latino community.