Rebecca DelaRosa, MPA

Interim Executive Director

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

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.


Adriana Mora

Health Policy Outreach Associate

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.

Juan Carlos Verdin

Health Policy & Communications Intern

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.