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Staff

Executive Director Xavier Morales, PhD, MRP

Xavier Morales, PhD, MRP

Executive Director
xmorales@lchc.org

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.

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Rebecca DeLaRosa, MPA

Director of Legislative Affairs
rdelarosa@lchc.org

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.

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Brenda Diaz

Health Policy Associate
bdiaz@lchc.org

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.

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Ernesto Sosa

Health Policy Intern                                                                       esosa@lchc.org

Ernesto Sosa works closely with our Executive Director and our Director of Legislative Affairs to advance LCHC’s vision and support policy efforts to increase healthcare access for all Californians. Mr. Sosa received his B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is completing a dual Master’s of Social Work and Public Health at the University of Washington-Seattle. As a research assistant with the Latino Center for Health at the University of Washington, he has gained insight into the health needs of the Latino community through the eyes of community members. Mr. Sosa hopes to continue developing the skills necessary to bridge the gap between policy decision makers and the community members they impact.

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Rocio Gonzalez

Health Policy Intern                                                                  rgonzalez@lchc.org

Rocio Gonzalez works closely with our Executive Director and our Director of Legislative Affairs to advance LCHC’s vision and support policy efforts to increase healthcare access for all Californians. Ms. Gonzalez is currently studying Nutrition Science and Ethnic Studies at California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo. At Cal Poly, Ms. Gonzalez combines her social justice knowledge with her STEM major, as is evidenced by her published research projects that examine obesity prevention among Latina mothers. She is also a Coordinator for Cal Poly’s Orientation for United Raza, in which she orients, advises, and provides resources for over 50 first generation Latino college students. Ms. Gonzalez hopes to use the knowledge she gains as an LCHC intern to better understand how policy strategies can dismantle social, economic, and environmental conditions that shape health inequities among Latino communities.

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Andrea Gonzalez Castillo

Health Policy Intern                                                                    acastillo@lchc.org

Andrea Gonzalez Castillo works closely with our Executive Director and our Director of Legislative Affairs to advance LCHC’s vision and support policy efforts to increase healthcare access for all Californians. Ms. Gonzalez Castillo is from McFarland, CA, and is currently pursuing a dual degree in Human Development and Chicana/o Studies from the University of California, Davis. At UC Davis, Ms. Gonzalez Castillo interns at Clínica Tepati, a student run clinic that provides free medical care to the under-served Latina/o community in Sacramento. Through her internship with LCHC, she hopes to gain more insight and experience into the legislative processes surrounding health equity that will build her career to be a health advocate for the uninsured farm-working population in the Central Valley.