Ana joined HIP in the fall of 2016 as Communications Director. She brings over 10 years of experience in communications strategy capacity building within public health, and she’s passionate about how technology and communication together can drive civic engagement and social change. She brings extensive project management experience in user-centered design of digital health products. Prior to joining HIP, she worked on communications strategy with several offices and agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ana received her Master in Communication and Education from Columbia University and her Bachelor’s degree in Culture and Politics from Georgetown University. She lives and plays in Berkeley with her husband and 2 kids.
Celia Harris has worked with HIP for seven years after earning a Master’s degree with a concentration in environmental health sciences from University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health. Her work involves leading and participating in numerous HIAs and Health in All Policies projects, and serving as an HIA trainer and technical assistance provider. Prior to her work in public health, she worked for six years as an environmental consultant and for environmental health and justice organizations in California and Minnesota. Celia received her bachelor’s degree in geology from Macalester College.
Dawn Haney joined the Human Impact Partners team in January 2014, bringing together her passions for social justice, health equity, and good nonprofit management in her role as Operations Director. Since earning her Master’s degree in Health Promotion & Behavior from the University of Georgia, she’s worked the last 8 years helping small nonprofits make a big impact through her expertise in program development, administration, and managing human and financial resources. Prior to joining HIP, she co-led the Buddhist Peace Fellowship in navigating a 2-year rebuilding process, strengthening their financial health while building media and training programs that focused on systemic causes of violence, climate change, and inequality. Previously, during her three-year tenure as Executive Director of a rural rape crisis center, she achieved ambitious fundraising goals to expand services to survivors and developed a new community organizing program focused on building power in immigrant communities to resist sexual violence. While finishing graduate school, she served as a Public Health Research Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working on evaluation projects with WISEWOMAN, a chronic disease screening and education program for uninsured and underinsured women.
Holly Avey joined Human Impact Partners in February 2013. Prior to joining HIP, Holly worked at the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University on a variety of HIA and Health in All Policies projects, including serving as an HIA practitioner, trainer, and technical assistance provider. Holly has continued her work in HIA and healthy public policy during her time at HIP, and also served on the steering committee of the Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA). Holly has a PhD from the University of Georgia and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan, both in the health behavior specialty area. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Her work in the public health field ranges from community, university, and hospital settings, and covers a wide variety of topics. Her research interests include structural sources of chronic stress (such as policies that influence resource access and distribution) and their differential impacts on vulnerable populations. She is interested in innovative research methodologies such as participant photography (PhotoVoice), mixed methodology, and addressing equity issues through policy and community engagement initiatives.
Since co-founding Human Impact Partners in 2006, Jonathan Heller has worked on over two dozen public health research projects and health impact assessments and has taught and mentored many on how to conduct HIAs and how to incorporate equity and community empowerment into their work. Prior to moving into public health, he worked for nine years in the biotech industry. Jonathan received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his doctorate from University of California, Berkeley, and he served in the Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea. Jonathan recently served as the President of the Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA) and as Chair of the Board of the Center for Community Change.
Program Director, Health Instead of Punishment
Kim leads Human Impact Partners’ criminal justice program, which uses public health research, advocacy, and capacity building to reform the criminal justice system. She is also responsible for convening alliances of public health and criminal justice stakeholders to advocate for a public health approach to our criminal justice problems. The goal of the Health Instead of Punishment program is to use the power of public health to reduce the disproportionate impact of the criminal justice system on low-income and communities of color in the United States.
Kim joined Human Impact Partners soon after it was founded in 2007. She has contributed to many Health Impact Assessment and Health in All Policies projects, trained hundreds in how to conduct HIAs, and provided technical assistance to community organizers, advocates, public health departments and academics as they conduct HIAs. Kim has also led the HIA field by developing guidance and evaluation for stakeholder and community engagement, encouraging better consideration of mental health impacts, and conducting process and impact evaluations of HIAs.
Kim brings a partner empowerment framework to her work. Her background in nonprofit organizations, community organizing, local public health departments, community health centers, and academia helps her to bring an activist and strategic orientation to working upstream on population health issues.
Lili Farhang joined Human Impact Partners in December 2009 and serves as one of its two Co-directors. Guided by her long-standing belief that health is a product of social, economic and political forces, Lili works with community organizations, government agencies, and others to re-conceptualize how health is understood and how we can collectively improve health by taking action in, for example, land use, transportation, housing, incarceration, and labor domains. As one of the first practitioners of health impact assessment in the U.S., she has extensive experience in the management, research, and community engagement aspects of HIA – for example, she led the first ever community-based HIA in the country and has since conducted over a dozen HIAs. She also provides training and technical assistance to aspiring practitioners, using her practical experience to guide how HIAs are conducted, how public engagement is incorporated, and ultimately, how research that is meaningful and responsive to community and stakeholder needs is generated. Lili received her Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Brandeis University.
Logan Harris joined Human Impact Partners in September 2014, after receiving Master’s degrees in public health and city planning from UC Berkeley. As a planner, she is primarily concerned with how urban policy can be crafted to advance racial and economic justice, and eliminate the social inequities that drive health disparities. She has a particular interest in housing affordability and access as determinants of health, and has worked at UC Berkeley researching gentrification and displacement in the Bay Area. Logan also has GIS and mapping skills, and has experience at the Contra Costa County Department of Public Health using GIS to assess population-level vulnerability to climate change and extreme heat. Prior to graduate school, she worked in evaluation and program management at a food justice non-profit based in Oakland. Her mixed methods research experience includes statistical analysis, interviews, and survey design, and she is passionate about action research as a tool for shifting institutional power and driving social change.
Mara Ortenburger first joined HIP as a graduate student intern and now supports the organization as a Research Assistant. Prior to joining HIP, Mara worked with DataCenter and Research Action Design (RAD) supporting community-driven research projects on topics such as domestic workers’ rights, community experiences of incarceration, and media activism among youth. Mara is inspired by research justice paradigms and has a particular love for participatory qualitative methods. Her primary area of interest is the intersection of labor policy and public health. Mara holds a Master’s degree in public health from UCLA and a Bachelor’s degree in politics from UC Santa Cruz.
Nashira is a Boston-based public health leader with 15 years of experience in community-based and organizational approaches to advance racial justice. She recently joined the team at Human Impact Partners to facilitate a national capacity-building program for health equity leaders, a program in which she previously participated. She is leading the design process for Boston’s first freestanding birth center, an effort to offer a wide range of options for individuals and families throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. With experience in strategic planning, workshop design and facilitation, and leadership development, she also freelances with organizations to deepen their equity work. Previously, Nashira spent 12 years at the Boston Public Health Commission, the city’s health department, and was one of the founding directors of the Center for Health Equity and Social Justice. There, she lead the CDC-funded REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) initiatives., and helped convene the New England Racial Justice Collaborative, a group of organizational leaders from across the region. She most recently worked part-time at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health providing career support to graduate students. Since 2003, Nashira has been on the Board of Directors at the Hyde Square Task Force, a youth and community development organization in Jamaica Plain. Nashira earned her BA in Women’s Studies and Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University School of Public Health. She is a Connecticut native and resides with her husband and toddler in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
Sara is a Project Director at HIP, where since 2011 she has led or participated in projects in criminal justice reform, immigration reform, land use, and transportation topics. Prior to joining HIP, Sara worked in a university setting on research that bridged public health and city planning, and separately spent half a decade in public health communications, largely around HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment campaigns. Sara feels fortunate to have found different routes during her career that embody her commitment to supporting people in reaching their greatest potential for health and recognizing the sanctity of every human life. She completed dual master’s degrees in public health and city and regional planning from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Tufts University.
Antonio Diaz, PODER
Caroline Fichtenberg, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
David Liners, WISDOM
Doran Schrantz, ISAIAH
Helen Chen, Labor Occupational Health Program at UC Berkeley
Lynn Todman, Lakeland Health
Rajiv Bhatia, UC Berkeley
SaraT Mayer (Board Chair), Code for America
Tim Rood, Community Design + Architecture
Veronica Carrizales, California Calls