Elizabeth currently works for the UC San Diego Center for Community Health as the Program Coordinator for the Live Well @ Work initiative. Elizabeth provides hands-on support and training to employers throughout San Diego in helping create comprehensive wellness programs and policies to support and promote the well-being of low-wage workers. As Program Coordinator, she has led several initiatives including the launch of a wellness program for a community health clinic and the coordination of health outreach sessions for agricultural workers.
Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Elizabeth found her passion for health work at the age of eighteen with the AmeriCorps program City Year. As a City Year corps member, Elizabeth spent a year working in an under-served elementary school in Boston, Massachusetts, where she witnessed firsthand how health and education are interconnected. Following City Year, she pursued her Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, San Diego, where she graduated from the Urban Studies and Planning Department in 2013. Elizabeth has partnered with community organizations across the United States on a myriad of programs and projects related to health, including collaboration with the BAME CDC on access to food in San Diego, and with Outside In Social Services in Portland, Oregon, where she assisted homeless individuals in obtaining health insurance and medical care. Elizabeth is a proud alumna of the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship, a program which engages young leaders in anti-hunger and anti-racism work on a policy and community level. As a 21st class Hunger Fellow, she worked alongside the Fiestas Food Initiative in Albuquerque, New Mexico on several food security programs and federal benefits programs and with Families USA, in Washington, D.C. on Medicaid policy and advocacy for vulnerable populations.
Elizabeth is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health degree in the Health Promotion and Behavioral Science concentration at San Diego State University. Upon graduation, Elizabeth hopes to incorporate the needs of communities into state and federal policies.