|Staff & Board|
Alice Hu joined Human Impact Partners in October 2012. She received a MSPH in International Health, focused on social and behavioral interventions, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. There she grew an interest in qualitative, participatory research a means for community engagement and advocacy to address health disparities. Allie conducted various participatory research projects exploring utilization and access to health services, especially for culturally stigmatized health issues. In Baltimore, she also worked on projects related to health and the food environment, such as community food assessments and promoting urban agriculture. Allie received a B.A. in Public Health at UC Berkeley.
Casey Tsui joined Human Impact Partners in July 2010. After receiving his Master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from UC Berkeley, he served as a fellow for the California Epidemiologic Investigation Service. There he mapped upstream health indicators with built and social environment features to determine access to alcohol, tobacco, food and physical activity in Marin County, provided statistical programming consultation for the Marin Women’s Study and served on the Public Information Officer Team for H1N1 vaccination distribution. While in graduate school, he initiated the development of an emergency health alert network for community-based organizations that provide direct services to vulnerable populations at the Berkeley Public Heath Division, analyzed school adherence to food policy at the Center for Weight and Health, and investigated the associations between motorcycle rider characteristics and adequate helmet use at the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center. He also completed limited HIAs on school breakfast programs and a path to legalization for undocumented workers. Casey is interested in the interface between the built environment, data visualization and health policy.
Celia Harris joined Human Impact Partners in 2008 after receiving a Master’s degree with a concentration in environmental health sciences from University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health. Since then, she has participated in several HIAs as well as trained and mentored others on how to conduct HIAs. Possessing a strong commitment to public health and social justice, over the past several years Celia has worked with Bay Area environmental health and justice organizations, as a fitness and nutrition mentor for at-risk youth, and as a contributor to KQED Radio health reporting and programming. She worked for six years as a scientist for environmental consulting firms, where she conducted environmental investigations and monitoring. Celia received her bachelor’s degree in geology from Macalester College.
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 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. Holly currently serves on the steering committee of the Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA).
Holly Raña Lim
Holly Lim is currently a graduate student at San Francisco State University, where she was an Assistant Editor for The Handbook on Asian American Health. Holly is also passionate about critical praxis pedagogy and leadership development and participates as a community college teacher for Pinoy/Pinay Educational Partnerships. She joined Human Impact Partners in 2011 after working as the Day-to-Day Campaign Coordinator for the Jean Quan for Oakland Mayoral Campaign. Beforehand, Holly worked as an Admissions Counselor for at-risk youth at the Treasure Island Job Corps Center. She also worked as a statewide Field Organizer at the University of California Student Association (UCSA), where she organized college students around the affordability and accessibility of a higher education. She worked on the California Dream Act, the College Affordability Act, and was part of a team that led the largest youth voter registration drive in the history of California in 2008. Holly’s passion for organizing began at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), where she graduated with a B.A. in Political Science/Law & Society and minored in Asian American Studies. At UCR, Holly was also elected as student body president, where she led efforts to expand and renovate the ethnic, LGBTQ, and gender resource centers.
Jennifer Lucky joined Human Impact Partners in 2008 after receiving her Master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to conducting HIA, Jennifer currently leads Human Impact Partners’ HIA training program. She has a particular interest in bridging the gap between scientific research and community advocacy through community-based participation in efforts to address environmental health and justice issues. Jennifer has experience developing and facilitating educational training programs for diverse audiences. In Los Angeles, she worked with community based organizations and the University of Southern California to develop and facilitate a “Goods Movement 101” focused on the health impacts of international trade, and with the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Jennifer co-facilitated the Health DATA “Datos y Democracia” training that builds capacity of community organizations to access and use data to advance their programs and policy goals. Prior to attending UCLA’s School of Public Health, Jennifer worked as community organizer and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jennifer received her B.S. in Natural Resource Ecology and Management at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.
Since co-founding Human Impact Partners in 2006, Jonathan Heller has worked on over a dozen health impact assessments, conducted many HIA trainings, and has mentored others on how to conduct HIAs. 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 currently serves as the Chair of the Provisional Steering Committee for the newly formed Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA) and as Chair of the Board of the Center for Community Change.
Kim Gilhuly joined Human Impact Partners in 2007 after receiving her Master’s in Public Health from University of California, Berkeley. Her public health and policy work has included collaboration and research on Health Impact Assessments on land use projects and policy initiatives, urban food access, evaluating violence prevention projects, and pesticide monitoring in California. She has gained HIA, Evaluation, and policy expertise from working at Human Impact Partners, the Alameda County Public Health Department, California’s Department of Health and Human Services, the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, and with the Women’s Policy Institute. Before obtaining her MPH, Kim worked for 17 years in non-profits doing community organizing and advocacy, program planning, and service delivery on environmental concerns, reproductive rights, nursing and medical student training, and mental health. Kim’s interest in public health focuses on the opportunity to examine institutional power, and thus health outcomes, through the direct involvement of communities.
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.
Marnie Purciel joined Human Impact Partners in November 2009. She has dual master’s degrees in urban planning and public health from Columbia University. Marnie’s research uses spatial data to examine the implications of the built environment, including land use, transportation, urban design, and housing, for physical activity, diet, and other aspects of health. Prior to joining Human Impact Partners Marnie worked with the Built Environment and Health group at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University. Her experience includes the development and validation of observational and geographic information system (GIS) protocols for the measurement of urban design in New York City and the development of a research design for understanding farmers’ markets as a strategy for increasing access to healthy food. Marnie conducted fieldwork for a food availability survey in New York City and used GIS to characterize and examine disparities in access to urban food and retail. She also provided teaching assistance for several introductory GIS courses at Columbia University and prior to entering graduate school, while at Samuels & Associates, she gained experience with qualitative data collection and analysis.
Sara Satinsky joined Human Impact Partners in August 2011 after a summer internship two years earlier working on a land use redevelopment project. Prior to joining HIP, Sara worked at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on projects that bridged the fields of public health and city planning. Her work around physical activity and the quality of pedestrian and bicycle master plans included quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, program planning and evaluation, survey design, and interviews. WIth a strong interest in and commitment to many aspects of public health, she also brings half a decade of communications experience largely around HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment campaigns. Her work in that area has included everything from assisting with strategy development to coordinating media outreach and logistics for national conferences and creating mini-magazines to encourage prevention among teens. Sara received 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, American Public Health Association
Doran Schrantz, ISAIAH
Lynn Todman, Adler Institute on Social Exclusion
Martha Matsuoka, Occidental College
Pronita Gupta (Chair), Women Donors Network
Rajiv Bhatia, San Francisco Department of Public Health
SaraT Mayer, San Mateo Health Systems
Tim Rood, Community Design + Architecture