Introducing our Newest Health Equity Team Member
Advancing Health Equity in San Mateo County
I’m so excited to be joining the team as its newest Senior Community Health Planner and bringing over six years of experience in transportation politics, policy, and planning. As a recent transplant from Los Angeles, I look forward to working with you and exploring this great county that my family and I now call home. Prior to joining the Health System, I worked for the city of Los Angeles, where I oversaw the transportation agenda for Los Angeles City Council President Pro Tempore Mitch Englander. Most recently, I was the lead transportation planner implementing Los Angeles’ Vision Zero program for the LA Department of Transportation. Vision Zero is an internationally-adopted framework in how cities move people safely on its streets. It is a long-term injury reduction strategy that saves lives. Four years into its Vision Zero program, San Francisco is now starting to see its first decline in the number of people killed in traffic collisions.
A lot of great work has started in the county thanks to the help of Get Healthy SMC’s partners such as yourself. I look forward to carrying the momentum on projects such as improving the safety of our most vulnerable populations and working with the community to develop equitable solutions for transportation policy opportunities throughout the County of San Mateo. As team lead on transportation projects, I am excited to bring my passion and skills to building healthier and safer communities. Forty percent of collisions in the county that involve a person walking or biking occur within a quarter mile of our schools. Advancing policies at the local level such as Vision Zero and funding local infrastructure projects can ensure a safer, more efficient transportation network for everyone. I also look forward to supporting all the good momentum that has been made on advancing health equity in our school and food policy work.
Place matters and San Mateo County is a wonderful place to live and work. Where we raise our families and where we find quality jobs have an indelible effect on our lives. I am incredibly fortunate to live and work alongside you all as we work to improve the health and wellbeing of all residents in San Mateo County.