The Women's Foundation of California | Women's Policy Institute-Local Fellows

Women’s Policy Institute (WPI)

2020-2021 WPI-Local Fellows

The class of 2020-2021 Women’s Policy Institute-Local is composed of 20 grassroots community leaders. They come from five counties—Alameda, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Bernardino, and San Francisco counties—and are working in five teams. This 6th year of the WPI Local program also marks two firsts! It is the first time we have recruited a preformed team from San Francisco.  And it’s also the first time a WPI team is focused on trans rights and equity in local government! The Alameda Community Health Team is focused on the issue of food access and its impact on K-12 student health in the Oakland region. The Monterey Community Health Team is working on Early Childhood Education and ultimately Preschool for All as a community health initiative. The Los Angeles Criminal Justice Reform Team will investigate and address the effects of zero-tolerance school policy on school push-out rate for students at the local level. The San Bernardino Community Health Team is working to identify 10 locations to implement community gardens and urban farms to improve access to fresh and healthy food, raise property values, provide safe space and improve outcomes for marginalized communities. The San Francisco Community Health Team is focusing on a County legislative solution to make gender-affirming healthcare as accessible as any other care. Learn more about the WPI-Local teams and check out their bios here!

Alameda County Community Health Team

Elizabeth Esparza
HOPE Collaborative, a project of Tides

Asia Hampton
Oakland Food Policy Council/ Self-Employed

Nakia Woods
HOPE Collaborative, a project of Tides

Monterey County Community Health Team

Los Angeles County Criminal Justice Reform Team

San Bernardino County Community HealthTeam

Kimberly Calvin
Akoma Unity Center

Rosa Cendejas
MeCHA de San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC)

Alejandra Rishton
CHICCCAA Village and Family Co-op

Miranda Sheffield

Mary Valdemar
San Bernardino Valley College & San Bernardino Community College District

San Francisco County Community Health Team