Staff

Jeffrey Reynoso, DrPH, MPH

Executive Director
jreynoso@lchc.org

Dr. Jeffrey Reynoso is the Executive Director of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC)—the State’s leading policy organization advocating for health equity of the Latino community. In his role, he is responsible for strategic leadership and external relations, fundraising and financial management, organizational development of the staff and Board, and delivering on policy advocacy and programmatic initiatives. For over a decade, he has worked on health equity and social justice issues spanning academia, government, and non-profit sectors at multiple levels including local/regional, state, and national. Most recently, he worked at Kaiser Permanente as a Doctoral Fellow designing innovative programs to address food insecurity in the Southern California region.

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

Deputy Director
saquino@lchc.org 

Dr. Seciah Aquino is the Deputy Director of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC) — the State’s leading policy organization advocating for health equity in the Latino community. In her role, she is responsible for building and activating the infrastructure needed to further strengthen organizational, financial, policy and program development while advancing LCHC’s external strategy. Throughout her career, Dr. Aquino has worked to address health inequities across the nation. From serving as a promotora in LA County to advancing policy work at the State level through the Legislative and Executive branches of the Massachusetts State Government. Most recently, she led the public benefits portfolio at the California Immigrant Policy Center where she successfully advanced affirmative policy strategies to address social determinants of health and led over 150 organizations in the state-wide response to the Federal Public Charge threats as the chair of the California Protecting Immigrant Families Coalition.

Dr. Aquino holds a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) from Harvard University and a Master of Science (MS) in Global Medicine from the University of Southern California.

She is an inaugural member of the Robert Wood Johnson’s Health Policy Research Scholars program and as such, is committed to building a Culture of Health across the nation and ultimately the world. Dr. Aquino was born in Guatemala and immigrated to the United States at the age of ten. Through life experience, she has been blessed to learn first-hand how to stand up for the oppressed, how to provide for the needy, and how to speak up for the rights of the destitute.

Abigail ramirez

State Policy Sr. Manager
aramirez@lchc.org

Abigail Ramirez is the State Policy Senior Manager at LCHC, her efforts include integrating community in the shaping and disruption of system changes by creating and leading strategic & sustainable equitable policy, budget, and administrative solutions. Prior to her work at LCHC, Abigail worked as a Policy Advocate in the Central Valley advocating for equitable and sustainable environmental justice policies at the local, regional, and statewide level. Her advocacy experience extends to state and international work in issues related to immigration and conservation policy. She is a former fellow of the Women’s Policy Institute where she contributed to the successful passage of AB 523.

Abigail was born and raised in Salinas CA and is the proud daughter of immigrant farmworkers from Mexico. Abigail obtained a master's degree in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from San Francisco State. Abigail believes that health is a human right that should be guaranteed to everyone; she hopes to guide health policy in Sacramento centered and informed by community priorities.

ROSA FLORES

State Programs Sr. Manager
rflores@lchc.org

Rosa Flores is the Senior Program Manager at the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC). Rosa’s work centers on equitable community engagement. With roots as a community organizer, she brings over ten years of experience to our team on community mobilization on issues relating to health equity, migrant rights, climate action, and youth and women's civic engagement. Before joining LCHC, Rosa was the Migrant Health Program Supervisor at Vista Community Clinic (VCC), a federally qualified health center serving North County San Diego. While there, Rosa led multiple health initiatives that elevated farmworkers' access to comprehensive healthcare services and that enacted community-led policy, systems, and environmental changes around healthy food access, the creation of safer community spaces, and public transit infrastructure improvement. Her experience also includes leading and training teams of promotorxs on community-based health education and participatory research practices. Rosa started her career as an advocate for housing rights in East and South County San Diego.

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.

Monica Mares

Collective Impact Coordinator
mmares@lchc.org

Monica Mares is the Collective Impact Coordinator for the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California where her primary role is to build strategic and international partnerships with individuals/organizations in order to create a more equitable California for all. She is also one of the lead facilitators for LCHC’s Health Ambassador program providing advocacy tools for community leaders to catalyze change.

Monica received her Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to working at LCHC Monica was an intern at the office of Councilmember Jay Schenirer, City of Sacramento-District 5 and assisted with community development projects in South Sacramento. Monica is actively involved in local efforts to support funding for youth programs - as a part of the Sacramento Kids First Coalition she is engaged in budget advocacy and organizing. She is passionate about building relationships and forming intentional partnerships between nonprofit organizations and the community in order to elevate the voices of all - especially those directly impacted by inequity.

Aside from her work with LCHC she volunteers as a facilitator for self awareness workshops in collaboration with the non-profit Self Awareness and Recovery (SAR), in Sacramento. She also co-facilitates community healing groups through the Trauma Through a Traumatized Perspective (TTTP) project, led by Sacramento Organizer, Henry Ortiz.

Monica is the proud daughter of immigrants from Mexico and grew up in South Sacramento, a community she is proud to represent.

 

Robert Nuñez

Policy Communications Coordinator
rnunez@lchc.org

Robert joined LCHC as a Policy Policy Communications Coordinator just in time to kick off the 2020 legislative session, he will be working to advance and elevate LCHC's legislative advocacy and statewide programs work by communicating our efforts connecting LCHC with community, press, and the media.

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.