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 corps member, Elizabeth spent a year working in Boston, Massachusetts, where she witnessed firsthand how health, poverty, and equity are interconnected. Since that time, 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, with Outside In Social Services on access to healthcare in Portland, Oregon , with Adelante Development Center on food security in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and with Families USA on Medicaid policy and advocacy in Washington, D.C. 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. Elizabeth was also honored to be selected for the second cohort of the Rockwood Building Power fellowship, an experience which allowed her to learn alongside social changes leaders from San Diego and Sacramento.
During her time with the UC San Diego Center for Community Health, Elizabeth has had the opportunity to work alongside communities on topics ranging from youth advocacy to worksite wellness to lactation accommodation. Currently, Elizabeth manages the Nutrition Pantry Program (NPP) under the Urban Food Environments (UFE) program. In this role, Elizabeth is able to offer technical assistance and resources to food pantries throughout San Diego County.
Elizabeth holds a Masters in Public Health degree from San Diego State University and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Urban Studies and Planning from UC San Diego. Elizabeth’s master’s thesis is “Feeding the Food Gap: An Analysis of the Utilization of Private Food Assistance in City Heights” and Elizabeth’s undergraduate capstone is “Access and Equity in Healthcare: An investigation into the relationship between ease of access and utilization of healthcare services in the community of Greater Logan Heights”.