Jeffrey Reynoso, DrPH, MPH
Dr. Reynoso currently serves on multiple boards with policy advocacy, public health, and research organizations including: Board Member of the CA Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) and an Advisory Board Member to Governor Gavin Newsom’s Master Plan for Aging Equity Workgroup and Task Force on Alzheimer’s Prevention and Preparedness Brain Trust, CA Future Health Workforce Commission, Health Equity Network of the Americas (HENA), Hispanic Latino Coordinating Center (HLCC), CA Health Interview Survey (CHIS) at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and California Initiative for Health Equity & Action (Cal-IHEA) at UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
Dr. Reynoso is the first Latino to receive a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as part of the inaugural Centennial Fellows and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy. He completed his MPH at UC Berkeley School of Public Health and BA at UCLA. He is a son of immigrants from Mexico and grew up in California’s Central Valley and North San Diego County. Growing up in a working-class immigrant family, he experienced firsthand the systemic barriers to equal opportunity for all and he believes that the future health and economic success of California is tied to achieving health equity for the Latinx community.
Previously, Dr. Reynoso was a Public Health Fellow in the office of Congressman Raul Ruiz advising senior staff on healthcare and public health policy issues for the Eastern Coachella Valley. Prior to doctoral studies, he worked as a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)/Management Fellow at the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) supporting the Executive Team on Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation. During master's studies, he was a Safety Net Partnerships Graduate Intern at Kaiser Permanente National Community Benefit, assisting the Medical Director on grant-making strategic initiatives for disparities improvement and quality initiatives. He started his career as a research assistant at the UCLA Center for Cancer Prevention and Control Research and AmeriCorps member in the Health Education Department at AltaMed Health Services.
Seciah Aquino, DrPH, MPH
State Programs Sr. Manager
As the daughter of parents originally from Puebla, Mexico, Rosa’s volunteer work is dedicated to advocating for migrant rights and policy. Rosa is a graduate of the San Diego Leadership Alliance Institute, MANA de San Diego's Latina Success Leadership Program, and the Gamaliel Foundation Leadership Program. In recent years, she has served on the leadership teams of the Farm Worker CARE Coalition (FWCC) and the North County Immigration Task Force (NCITF). In 2018, she led the team of volunteers that helped elect the first Latina city council member in Escondido, California’s District 1.
Rosa earned a degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish from San Diego State University. She was born and raised in Kumeyaay territory (a.k.a. North County San Diego) and now resides in Nisenan territory (a.k.a Sacramento). When Rosa is not working or volunteering she enjoys road trips and exploring the outdoors.
State Policy Sr. Manager
Mar’s expansive experience in advocacy, research, and local, state, and federal government provides her with unique insight to advance equity, justice, and accountability for public good. Previously Mar was a Congressional Aide to Congresswoman Barbara Lee where she oversaw the criminal justice, Latinx, and women’s rights district issues portfolio. Additionally, she has worked with grassroots leaders and organizations, particularly in the criminal and youth justice field, to pass and promote public safety measures at the state and local levels for positive health and life outcomes for youth.
Mar holds a dual Master’s degree in Public Health and City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. She led a community-based participatory research project using the PhotoVoice method with Oakland youth used in advocacy and movement building strategies to center youth’s voice in policy. As a daughter to immigrant parents from Mexico who has had to overcome systemic barriers, it is Mar’s passion to undo cycles that lead to negative life and health outcomes.
Oscar Sandoval, M.S, M.P.A
Government Affairs Manager
The son of immigrants from Guadalajara, Mexico, Oscar is a proud product of Fresno, California. Oscar holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies from California State University, Bakersfield, a Masters Degree in Performance Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Oscar served as the President of the Psychology Club at CSU Bakersfield, was recognized with the Rising Leader Award by the National Society of Leadership and Success, and was a USC Latino Alumni Association Scholar.
Oscar is a believer in equity and the removal of societal barriers to living complete lives. His firsthand experiences with the lack of healthcare, clean air, clean water, and other basic necessities many Latinos in California are forced to live without are what fuel Oscar’s work.
During his free time, Oscar loves to play soccer, read books (always open to recommendations), dabbles in photography, and spend time with his loved ones.
Policy Communications Coordinator
Growing up in an immigrant household, Roberts’s passion lies in advancing solutions to issues that disproportionately affect immigrant/communities of color including migrant rights, healthcare access, and climate justice. Robert is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minor in a Public Policy.
Before coming to LCHC, Robert gained valuable experience in the private sector as well as the California Legislature. In Sacramento, Robert has served as a Press and Legislative Intern in the Office of Senator Ricardo Lara, and most recently as staff with the Office of Pro tempore Emeritus Kevin de Leon.
Robert also spent time as an Associate at RALLY Communications, where he managed strategic communications on behalf various clients including content creation, social media management, and earned media/press for non-profits aiming to expand healthcare access to all Californians, promoting youth arts development organizations, advocating for park funding legislation, and conducting stakeholder and policy research for Bay Area technology companies.
Outside of the office, Robert likes to practice self-care by going to the gym, and reminding Netflix that he is, in fact, still watching.
Paola grew up in in North County San Diego, a region with strong immigrant and agricultural roots. For this reason, Paola has always been intentional in her journey to provide and connect farmworkers to resources. Throughout her career trajectory, Paola has come to learn that eliminating health inequity requires multi-sector partnerships and action. Last year, in addition to providing direct services to farmworkers, she participated in the COVID-19 Farmworker Study (COFS) as a Research Assistant representing the Farm Worker CARE Coalition. The study, a tri-state research project involving farmworker serving CBOs has actively engaged with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to address the structural inequities farmworkers face in the health systems.
As a certified Resident Leadership Academy (RLA) facilitator, Paola is passionate about community involvement at all levels of the policy development process. She is committed to integrating that vision at LCHC and beyond. Furthermore, as San Diego Leadership Alumnae, she believes in building leadership pipelines.
Paola is proud of being Venneh Xiza, the Zapotec name of her town and people. Outside her role, she volunteers to drop-off supplies for farmworkers in North County, rock climbs, and indulges in her favorite treat: Fruit!
Jake has years of experience working across academia and the nonprofit healthcare sectors promoting social justice through fostering positive systems change. He most recently served as a Graduate Intern at Kaiser Permanente where he provided senior and executive leadership with data-driven policy and public health guidance to inform their national and regional grant-making strategy and drive solutions to emerging health issues, including ACES/trauma, gun violence, tobacco control, diabetes management, COVID-19 contact tracing implementation and equitable vaccine distribution. Jake also has background in qualitative and ethnographic research where he sought to unearth meaningful insights around critical social issues that disproportionately impact vulnerable communities.
Jake received his BA in Anthropology with a minor in Disability Studies from UCLA and an MPH in Health and Social Behavior from UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health where he served as a Kaiser Permanente and John Templeton Spirituality and Health Scholar. He is the proud son of Salvadoran, working-class immigrants, which seeded his determination to exercise his privilege to help ameliorate health disparities among the Latinx community. In his free time, you’ll find Jake at the boxing gym (when we’re not in a pandemic!), reading and writing, meditating, traveling, and amusing himself with his cat sidekick.