Staff

Interim Executive Director, Rebecca De La Rosa

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

IImelda S. Plascencia is the Health Policy Outreach Manager for the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, based in Los Angeles. Her passion for health justice developed through her commitment to immigrant rights and LGBTQIA advocacy as a community organizer and social justice advocate. Previously, as the Project Manager of Health Initiatives for the Dream Resource Center of the UCLA Labor Center, Imelda developed various programs with and for undocumented communities. She is a co-founder of the Collective of Immigrant Resilience through Community Led Empowerment (CIRCLE) Project, Queer Dream Summer, the Healthy California fellowship and a lead author of Undocumented and Uninsured: A Five-Part Report on Immigrant Youth and the Struggle to Access Health Care in California. She obtained her B.A. in Chicana/o Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and resides in southern California where she loves to hike.

Adriana Mora

Health Policy Outreach Associate

amora@lchc.org

Adriana Mora is the Health Policy Outreach Associate for the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. She manages the outreach and health education efforts of the organization. Adriana works closely with Promotores on various projects such as Oral Health, Diabetes Awareness and Nutrition. Prior to joining LCHC Adriana worked for one of the Federally Qualified Health Centers serving the Sacramento area. She provided in-home health education to underserved families. Adriana received her Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior from the University of California, Davis.

Areli Ariana

Health Policy & Communications Intern

areliariana@lchc.org

 

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.