2013-14 WPI Fellows

In 2013-2014, our Women's Policy Institute enrolled 26 fellows from across California working in 6 teams. This year we launched four brand new teams: College and Career Access, Health Care Sector Workforce Development, Maximum Family Grant Repeal and Safety Net Policy.

We are grateful for our partnerships with other foundations, which provide key funding for select WPI teams. We partnered with The California Endowment-Building Healthy Communities Initiative (BHC) to select five fellows who are part of our Safety Net Policy Team. We also partnered with the Blue Shield of California Foundation to select five women, leaders in the field of domestic violence, to be part of our Domestic Violence team.

We also worked with our Race, Gender and Human Rights giving circle to create a criminal justice team.

College and Career Access

Alison De Lucca, Southern California College Access Network, Los Angeles County
Diane Ortiz, Youth Alliance, San Benito County
Catalina Ruiz-Healy, GradGuru, San Francisco County
Krysti Specht, JCYC Education Programs, San Francisco County
Christine Trowbridge, Step to College, San Francisco County

MENTOR: Liz Guillen, Public Advocates


Criminal Justice

Tanya Koshy, East Bay Community Law Center, Alameda County
Ana Muniz, Youth Justice Coalition, Los Angeles County
Vanessa Perez, Time for Change Foundation, San Bernardino County
Diana Zuniga, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, Los Angeles County

MENTOR: Karen Shain, Women's Foundation of California


Domestic Violence

Maria-Elena Caprio, Shanti Project, San Francisco County
Melodie Kruspodin, Peace Over Violence, Los Angeles County
Nicole Marquez, Worksafe, Alameda County
Julia Parish, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, San Francisco County
Mariya Taher, Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent - W.O.M.A.N., Inc., San Francisco County

MENTOR: Krista Niemczyk, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence


Health Care Sector Workforce Development

Lindsay Gervacio, Families in Good Health, Los Angeles County
Ramla Sahid, SAY San Diego, San Diego County
Naomi Soto, Regional Access Project Foundation, Riverside County
Nicole Vick, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County

MENTOR: Sarah de Guia, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network


Maximum Family Grant Repeal

Sierra Harris, ACCESS Women's Health Justice, Alameda County
Mari Lopez, Visión y Compromiso, Los Angeles County
Nayantara Mehta, Alliance for Justice-West Coast, Alameda County

MENTOR: Dion Aroner, AJE Partners, former California assemblymember


Safety Net Policy

Alysia Cox, LIFETIME, Alameda County
Jenny Dominguez, River City Food Bank, Sacramento County
Gemma Donofrio, California Association of Food Banks, Alameda County
La Tausha Nedd, LIFETIME, Alameda County
Samantha Hodges, Sacramento Housing Alliance, Sacramento County

MENTOR: Vivian Huang, Asian Pacific Environmental Network