Ellen Braff-Guajardo and Genoveva Islas join Sierra Health Foundation and The Center

January 31, 2018

We’re pleased to announce that Ellen Braff-Guajardo and Genoveva Islas have joined our team.

Ellen is a senior program officer supporting our social justice and racial equity work to combat inequality in the San Joaquin Valley and across California. She brings extensive local, state and national philanthropic and nonprofit experience to expand and increase our work for children and families experiencing some of the worst health outcomes in the state. She brings a deep commitment to community engagement as a way to achieve health and racial equity.

Most recently, Ellen served as a national program officer for W.K. Kellogg Foundation on the Food, Health and Well-Being (Healthy Kids) Team, where she developed and led a national strategic grantmaking portfolio in support of healthy community and health equity with a focus on policy and systems change. Previously, she served as a senior nutrition policy advocate with California Food Policy Advocates, was a program officer with The California Endowment in the San Joaquin Valley, and was the agricultural worker health project director for California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.

Ellen has a master’s degree in education and a juris doctorate awarded by the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Genoveva is the Executive Director of Cultiva La Salud, a program dedicated to creating health equity in the San Joaquin Valley by fostering changes in communities that support healthy eating and active living.

Genoveva has deep knowledge of the Central Valley, as she has lived and worked in the region for most of her life. For the last 10 years, she has engaged Latino community members in Fresno County in systems change, including facilitating participation of Latino residents in informing the Active Transportation Plan by sharing their needs and challenges, and leading the community engagement component of the Champions for Change Nutrition Education and Obesity Project for three years.

Genoveva has a master’s degree in public health education and promotion from Loma Linda University, and a bachelor’s degree in health science from California State University, Fresno.

We know that Ellen and Genoveva will bring new ideas and perspectives to our collective work of promoting community health and health equity for all.