Board of Directors
Marta Cieslak received her MPH degree in Health Policy and Management. Her background and experience is focused on ambulatory care operations within large academic medical centers as well as large medical groups. She worked in an operational leadership role at DaVita Medical Group (DMG), formerly known as HealthCare Partners, where she oversaw primary care outpatient clinics in the Southern California market. She also worked in a consulting capacity at DMG to identify population health strategies and drive these strategies toward implementation. Before her work at DMG, Cieslak was part of the Performance Excellence team at Stanford HealthCare, where she was responsible for implementing a Lean operational model of excellence for the organization’s ambulatory care network. Her interests include Lean methodology, operational excellence, coaching / mentoring, and population health. She also serves as an advisor to early stage health technology startups.
Adam Crawley earned his MPH degree in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology. He is a program officer with Ending Pandemics (formerly Skoll Global Threats Fund), where he manages grants for several research and evaluation projects, including efforts to measure the timeliness of outbreak detection and response across a number of countries, and supporting the Flu Near You participatory surveillance project in collaboration with HealthMap of Boston Children's Hospital. In addition, he works with a number of grantees to support data analytics projects and broaden the evidence base that supports the Pandemics team's strategies for faster outbreak detection. He previously held positions as an epidemiologist with the San Mateo County Health System and as a researcher at UC Berkeley Center for Infectious Diseases and Emergency Readiness. His interests include infectious disease epidemiology, the role of technology in public health, triathlons, camping, working with dogs as a volunteer at the Berkeley Humane Society, and traveling with his wife, Jane (also an epidemiologist and UC Berkeley School of Public Health graduate).
Sarah Ismail earned her MPH degree in Maternal and Child Health. She currently works as a scaling-up consultant with ExpandNet, where she consults on reproductive health, girls’ education, and environmental projects in order to see that the work serves more people on a lasting basis. Prior to that, Ismail was a UC Berkeley lecturer and public health consultant for the Population Council office in Egypt, where she worked on a national survey for youth and other sexual and reproductive health issues of marginalized populations, particularly those affected by HIV. She is a Bay Area native who grew up in both the United States and Egypt and is a proud and practicing Muslim who wears hijab. She is also a raja yoga instructor, KonMari tidying consultant, loves to be in nature, participates in drop-in improv classes, and has been to 30+ countries.
Sara Ortega earned her BA in Public Health with a minor in Public Policy. Prior to her role as board secretary, she served as the board's undergraduate representative, coordinating the first alumni–student dinners. Prior to graduating, she worked as an administrative assistant at the school of Public Health, where she suported events and assisted the development team with a variety of projects. As an undergraduate, Ortega interned at Kaiser Permanente Regional Offices, where her she helped direct the workflow of over 4,000 receptionists in Northern California, with the goal of creating better patient experiences. She also interned in the District Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, conducting research on various local areas. Ortega plans to pursue her MPH with an emphasis in Health Policy and Management and enjoys cooking and playing violin in her free time.
Victoria Benson earned a dual master's degree in Public Health and City Planning. She has worked for over a decade in nonprofit and social movement building work and is a program manager at Movement Strategy Center. Focusing on an intersectional, holistic approach to community-driven planning, she anchors the National Association of Climate Resilience Planners, a multi-stakeholder, peer-learning, resource, and referral network that fosters effective, place-based climate resilience planning and implementation. Understanding climate disruption as a multiplier of health inequities, deeply influencing social determinants of health, her work identifies and lifts up equitable practices and solutions to building place-based community climate resilience. Central to these efforts is cultivating community-based participatory practices in planning and evaluation.
Zahwa Amad earned her doctorate degree in Infectious Diseases and Immunology, with a concentration on the latency of HIV. She earned her master’s degree at UC Berkeley with a focus on mosquito-borne viruses. She worked over two decades at California Department of Public Health (CDPH). In her role as the section chief of the Personnel Licensing Section, she oversaw the licensure of over 30 clinical laboratory personnel licenses, and approvals of training schools, national certifying examinations organizations, and continuing education programs. Previously, Amad held positions as an examiner, research scientist, and public health microbiologist at CDPH. Prior to joining CDPH, Amad worked for Chiron Corporation (currently Novartis) on HIV vaccine and for UCSF and Irwin Memorial Blood Centers on HIV molecular assays. Her outside work interests include documentary films, photography, travel, Latin culture, and languages.
Charis Baz earned her MPH degree through the Online MPH program. She also has a certificate in Health Informatics. She works with San Francisco Department of Public Health Whole Person Care, a Medicaid demonstration project coordinating care for homeless adults across housing, benefits, and health. Previously, as a project/policy analyst at UC Berkeley's Tang Center, she co-led the integration of Behavioral Health services into Primary Care, including strategy development, implementation team facilitation, workflow design, program evaluation planning, and a major space renovation to support the new model of care. Managing high-stakes, complex projects with multidisciplinary teams is Baz’s specialty. Other interests include using human centered design, Lean process improvement, and facilitation for collaborative decisionmaking to improve the social determinants of health for the underserved.
Katrin Cox is a graduate of the UC Berkeley MBA/MPH dual degree program. She is currently engagement manager with The Chartis Group and has over seven years of consulting experience, including five years in healthcare consulting. At Chartis, she has worked with children’s hospitals, academic medical centers, and community hospitals focusing on strategic planning, business development, and partnerships. Her interests include healthcare strategy, care delivery, academic medicine, population health, and leadership development. Outside of work, Cox is an avid marathoner and enjoys discovering new places through long runs and the local food scene.
Bob Frangenberg is retired after working for more than 35 years in the fields of public health and education. He served on the School of Public Health Alumni Association Board in the mid-1980s and was board president in 1986-87. He worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services from 1987 to 2004, in several capacities. He was the director of Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health; director of HIV/AIDS; and director of Children's Medical Services, which included oversight of California Children’s Services, The Child Health and Disability Prevention Program, and Foster Children Health Programs. Prior to working in Los Angeles County, Frangenberg was the assistant director of public health in San Mateo County for seven years. His first public health position was as director of health and social services for the Washoe Indian Tribe of California and Nevada. He also has a professional interest in education. He founded and operated an independent school in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has served on the Los Angeles County Planned Parenthood Board of Directors and on the board of the national Children Affected by AIDS Foundation.
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Praneetha Mullangi holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Public Health and Economics from UC Berkeley and hopes to make an impact at the intersection of these fields. She is a senior consultant for the healthcare/life sciences practice at Saama Technologies, a data analytics consulting firm. In this role, she empowers healthcare and life science executives with strategic, data driven solutions that optimize their processes and help them function more effectively. Previously she worked with UCSF’s Institute for Health Policy Studies to create an interactive online tool for global health policy makers, leveraging cost-benefit analyses on HIV/AIDS interventions. She has held executive leadership positions with the American Red Cross chapter of UC Berkeley, organizing public health programs for the Berkeley community.
Vineet Pandey holds a BA in Public Health. He is a management consultant in Accenture Health’s Consulting practice. In this role, he enables organizations to reposition their businesses through top-line revenue and growth strategies. Previously, he worked at Triage Consulting Group, a national health care consultancy, where he led numerous hospital and health system engagements performing payment review projects and analyzing associated revenue cycle operational errors. He also serves on the leadership council for Year Up (Bay Area), a national nonprofit that provides urban young adults with the skills and experience to empower them to reach their potential through professional careers.
Dennise Rosas earned her MPH degree in Health Policy and Management. She is a director with the Sutter Health Improvement System supporting the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, where she manages a group of consultants to support clinical and operational leaders in process improvement, strategic planning, goal deployment, and implementation of a Lean management and operating system. She facilitates and teaches design and improvement events, coaches and leads implementation of system strategy, and influences senior leaders. She previously served as strategic planning and kaizen promotion office manager at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where she began as a summer graduate intern while at Berkeley. Her interests include diversity in higher education and the health professions, going on road trips, wine tasting, and traveling.
Lila Sheira earned her MPH in Maternal and Child Health. She is a data analyst at UCSF, responsible for the development of study tools, data collection, and data analysis mainly for RCTs and cohort studies among people living with HIV. Prior to her role at UCSF, Sheira worked as a global health consultant for the Population Council, Best Babies Zone, The Sea Change Program, and Venture Strategies for Health and Development, where she analyzed and supported the dissemination of data, wrote policy briefs, and supported fundraising. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador for three years as a rural community health volunteer, where she primarily focused on adolescent sexual and reproductive health education and nutritional health. Sheira likes to stay involved in her community and served on the executive board of the Empowering Women of Color Conference for three years. She also volunteers with the International Rescue Committee and reviews scholarships for the Marcus Foster Education Institute. Sheira served as a Graduate Advising and Diversity Services (GRADS) Coordinator while earning her MPH and often represented the School at outreach events.
Renita Sinn was part of the concurrent MBA/MPH program with the Haas School of Business. She is a health care professional with more than 10 years of commercial, strategy, and venture financing experience focused primarily in the biopharma space. She currently leads managed markets commercialization strategy for Genentech's BioOncology early- and late-stage pipeline assets. Sinn previously advised and managed venture investments for Alta Partners, a life sciences venture capital firm.
Sonny Vernard earned his MPH degree in Health Policy and Management and was in the MPH/MPP concurrent degree program with the Goldman School of Public Policy. He currently works at UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations, where he provides career and graduate school advising to first-generation undergraduate students at San Francisco State University interested in biomedical science careers. His passion for introducing underrepresented students to public health and public health careers led to him launching his own startup, College First Gen. College First Gen is an online resource that provides academic and career counseling to low-income and first-generation college students.