Our Team

Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership

Jeff OxendineJeffrey S. Oxendine
Associate Dean, Public Health Practice
Field Supervisor, Health Policy & Management
(510) 642-2414
(925) 330-5363 (cell)

Jeffrey S. Oxendine is associate dean for public health practice and executive director of the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership. He is also a lecturer in the SPH Health Policy and Management program and the Haas School of Business Graduate Program in Health Management. In addition, he is the Field Supervisor for the Health Policy and Management program.

He has been an executive, educator, and consultant in health care for 24 years. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Jeff held senior administrative positions in leading hospitals and medical groups including Partners Healthcare System, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Bay Imaging Consultants Medical Group, and Alta Bates Medical Center. He has taught Health Policy and Management for over 10 years, including five years at Harvard School of Public Health, and is a steering committee member of the Alameda County Coalition on Language Access in Healthcare. He also started and operates his own consulting practice.

He is the founder and president of Health Career Connection, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting undergraduate students to discover and pursue health careers, and to increasing diversity in the health professions.

He obtained his master's degrees in business and public health from UC Berkeley. He has served as president of the Berkeley Health Management Alumni Association and president of Healthcare Executives of Northern California. He is a board member of the Kaiser Permanente National Institute for Culturally Competent Care and also the Community Health Academy in Oakland.

Patricia WakimotoPatricia Wakimoto
Associate Director, Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership
Field Supervisor, Public Health Nutrition, Maternal and Child Health, Environmental Health, Epi/Biostatistics

Patricia Wakimoto has more than 15 years of consulting experience in nutrition services and food service management and more than 12 years of experience in public health program management, outreach education, and community-based and applied research. She received her MS in health education at Indiana University and her DrPH from UC Berkeley. Her research interests include dietary assessment methodology, program evaluation, and working with diverse, underserved populations. Prior to joining CPHP full time, she worked at the UC Berkeley Atkins Center for Weight and Health as an associate researcher. Patricia also held a joint appointment at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) for nearly 15 years. She co-directed the community outreach program with the NIH Center for Minority Health Disparities and the UC Berkeley NIEHS Center.

Jesus Alfaro

Jesús Alfaro
Executive Assistant to the Associate Dean
Practice Coordinator
(510) 664-4399

Jesús Alfaro graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in environmental economics and policy, and a BA in Spanish language and literature. He served as the president of the Multicultural Greek Council and volunteered at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant in Berkeley. Jesús was a consultant for Orbees Medical, editing and translating medical training modules and guides in Spanish for hospitals in Latin America. He currently edits and translates articles for an online global community working for just and inclusive cities. Jesús enjoys spending his mornings as a Spanish teacher in Piedmont and Oakland elementary schools.

Audrey Cristobal PhD, MPH

Audrey Cristobal
Field Supervisor for Health & Social Behavior and Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology
(510) 642-2084

Audrey Cristobal is the field supervisor for the Health and Social Behavior program. She received her doctorate in clinical-community psychology from DePaul University and masters degree in public health from UC Berkeley. Audrey also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. She has worked extensively on research related to HIV risk and resiliency and on community-research partnerships. Her projects have focused on diverse populations—including youth and young adults—and she has worked in the United States, the Philippines, Kenya and Botswana. Audrey's research and evaluation work includes working with diverse organizations such as the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, Harder+Company Community Research, and local public health agencies. Through these cross-sector experiences, she has contributed to issues related to low-income families, health and human services, immigration, and child welfare. Audrey is also currently a board member of the 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic in San Francisco.

Ruthann HaffkeRuthann M. Haffke
Career Services Manager
(510) 642-0431

Ruthann Haffke is the career services manager for the School of Public Health. She has more than 15 years of experience working in career services and helping students achieve their life goals. She has worked with college students in a variety of settings including UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, San Francisco State University, and California College of the Arts. In her role as the career services manager for the School of Public Health, Ruthann develops and implements customized career services for SPH students and alumni including workshops, online job listings, individualized appointments, and industry information. She assists students with resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, job search strategies, career exploration, and decision making. Before working for the School of Public Health, Ruthann spent nine years providing career counseling at the UC Berkeley Career Center. While employed at UC Berkeley, she has received the Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award and the Distinguished Service Award. Ruthann is a National Certified Counselor and received her master's in career and college counseling from San Francisco State University, and a BA in sociology from UC Santa Barbara.

Lisa PetersonLisa Peterson
Program Manager, Communications Lead
(510) 642-4569

Lisa Peterson is a new media education specialist and coordinates communications at the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership. She earned her BA in sociocultural anthropology and an MPH in the Health and Social Behavior concentration at UC Berkeley. Prior to her work at CPHPL, Lisa worked extensively in the community health field conducting community-based public health research, producing videos, leading trainings, and coordinating health communication projects with organizations and institutions including Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, and UC Berkeley's Atkins Center for Weight and Health. Passionate about creating innovative methods for public education and health promotion, Lisa is dedicated to harnessing the power of new media to address health inequities.

Niki ShapiroNiki Shapiro
Events Manager
(510) 664-4685

Niki Shapiro manages a variety of events on behalf of the Dean’s Office, External Relations, and the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership. With a robust background in event planning, nonprofits, and the arts, she began her UC Berkeley career with the Haas School of Business Career Management Group as a contract event coordinator. Originally from New York, Niki began her career in nonprofits in 1996 for an international humanitarian organization. She moved to San Francisco in 2004, has her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and has practiced as an installation artist and curator. Niki returned to fund development at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco in 2010 and GLIDE in 2012.

Harry Snyder

Harry M. Snyder
Advocacy Leader in Residence

Harry Snyder is the advocacy leader in residence at the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership, and a lecturer for the Division of Health Policy and Management. He has been an on-the-ground advocate for the public interest for over 40 years. Harry teaches two courses, PH 220 Health Policy Advocacy and PH 298.015, a group study/action learning class placing students with organizations advocating for better public health issues. He also administers the distribution of funds from class action lawsuits and has been responsible for the making and accountability of $70 million of grants from health-related state and multistate cases.

He was the director and senior advocate for the West Coast office of Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, from 1976 until June 2002. In that capacity, he represented consumer interests on state and national issues and was responsible for many advocacy projects, including the distribution of surplus food to low-income people, and the passage of federal and state legislation to establish Certified Farmers Markets. He was also responsible for the publication of many studies providing research and analysis of issues such as campaign finance reform, redlining of inner-city communities, the effectiveness of the California Department of Insurance, and the conversion of nonprofit health care providers to for-profit publicly traded corporations. He co-authored “Getting Action,” a booklet on how to use legal administrative petitions to advocate for policy change by government agencies. He supervised the creation of Patient’s Rights Advocacy Services, the organization that protects the rights of mental health patients in the City and County of San Francisco. 
He represented Consumers Union either as a party or friend of the court in legal actions, and as a lobbyist in local, state, and federal legislative bodies and administrative agencies. Prior to joining Consumers Union he was the Peace Corps director in Nepal and Western Samoa and associate Peace Corps director in India. In all Peace Corps positions, he worked with government officials to design, implement, and support local programs.

Harry is an attorney, licensed to practice law in California. Before moving with his wife and children to India he practiced law in Los Angeles, representing individuals and businesses including IBM, Security Title Insurance, Century Bank, Wilshire Insurance Co., Transamerica Computer Leasing, KNOB-FM, and Olympic Gas Company.

Grace Turkis - CHL Fellows Director

Grace Turkis
Director, CHL Fellows 2017
(510) 666-3737

Grace Turkis is a director of the Center for Health Leadership Fellows Program and brings more than 14 years of experience in leadership development in both university and health care settings. Most recently, Grace was the director of operations at the Institute for Physician Leadership and the Pharmacy Leadership Institute at the UCSF Center for Health Professions, where she focused on the development and delivery of leadership programs for clinical leaders across California. Prior to UCSF, she served as the co-director of the San Francisco chapter of Cru, a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides leadership and spiritual development for college students. Grace received her master of public administration degree from the University of Colorado Denver and a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Grace is also a Certified Professional Coach and certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator practitioner.