Nashira designs and coordinates Health Equity Awakened, HIP’s national capacity-building leadership institute for individuals working on health equity in local health departments. She has spent the last 17 years in public health, specifically on advancing racial justice practices within public health organizations.
A New England native, Nashira lives with her husband and daughter in Boston, Massachusetts where she hopes to open a freestanding birth center one day.
Sari leads the organizing and advocacy work at HIP and coordinates Public Health Awakened, a network of public health professionals organizing to support social justice movements and resist attacks on our communities. She is passionate about mobilizing people around the issues most important to them and bringing a social justice and equity lens into all spaces.
Sari grew up in the Bay Area and was raised on activism. When not at a protest or organizing meeting, she can be found swimming in cold bodies of water or escaping to the woods.
Alana helps with communications projects at HIP, among them targeted outreach and social media strategy. She dreams of using her professional powers to convince the privileged that health inequities are of importance to them, too.
A recent transplant from Maryland, Alana is happy to now call the East Bay home. In her spare time, she loves running, eating yummy foods, and podcasting (occasionally) with her partner.
Lili co-directs HIP with Jonathan, and is responsible for advancing the mission and strategic direction of the organization. For nearly 20 years, she has visioned, developed, and implemented policy and systems change to advance health equity in the government and nonprofit sectors, and she’s feeling energized by people’s willingness to talk about race, power and the other root drivers of health. These days, Lili spends a lot of time thinking about and developing novel approaches to activate public health around social justice issues and getting the field more aligned with community organizers and advocates.
Originally from New York, Lili now lives in Oakland and is kept on her toes by her two little kids and an unhealthy obsession with good TV and the Golden State Warriors.
Kim directs HIP’s Health Instead of Punishment program, which advances an alternative vision of justice that puts dignity, equity, healing, prevention, rehabilitation, and harm reduction at its forefront. She is dedicated to listening to people and trying to hear what people are truly saying — and working for positive change based on that information.
Kim grew up in Michigan but has lived on both coasts, and currently lives in Western Massachusetts in the beautiful Pioneer Valley, where she can often be found on the weekends trying to balance the primacy of Mother Nature with an obsessive desire to create order in her large yard.
Celia leads a variety of HIP’s research projects in partnership with community stakeholders. She’s committed to leveraging research and data to achieve social justice and health equity, and she believes that everyone’s voice and experience should be part of this.
Celia is also a freelance violinist, and during evenings and weekends she performs with various bands and ensembles around the state and country.
Logan R. Harris
Logan R. Harris
Logan works with HIP’s community partners to conduct research that advances policy change for racial and economic justice. She likes crunching data and making maps, and believes that health equity research should be rooted in an understanding of historical context.
Outside of work Logan spends time riding her bike around Oakland, knitting sweaters for other people’s babies, and occasionally DJing at a local community radio station.
Jonathan co-founded HIP and co-directs the organization with Lili, setting its strategic direction and advancing its mission. He’s dedicated to advancing health equity by addressing the main causes of inequities – social, economic, and environmental policies — as well as the causes of inequities in those policies — power imbalances and racism and other forms of oppression. He’s thrilled to see public health starting to engage more deeply in social justice work these days.
When he’s not at HIP, Jonathan is likely hanging out with his wife, 2 kids, and/or dog, supporting social justice in other ways, or doing all of those things together.
Alia manages operations at HIP, including finance and Human Resources. She is committed to equity in all work places and building vibrant and diverse organizations. She has a background in clinical social work and is currently completing her MBA.
Alia lives in Berkeley with her wife and two kids.
Sandra supports a mix of research and communication projects at HIP. She believes in the transformative and liberatory possibilities of centering racial and health equity in public health and city planning efforts.
While she’s spent many years on the East Coast, she feels deeply at home in Oakland. When she’s not doing coursework for her graduate program at Berkeley, she can be found exploring the Bay Area (preferably via active or public transit) and seeking out new flavors to try at local ice cream shops.
Sara leads or participates in projects in criminal justice reform, immigration reform, land use, and transportation topics. She brings a background in public health and city and regional planning to her work, and feels incredibly fortunate to have a career that embodies her commitment to supporting people in reaching their greatest potential for health and recognizing the sanctity of human life.
Sara is an East Coast transplant by way of the South. Outside of work, she’s often spending time with her husband and 2 kids, and putzing around in the mountains.
Lee supports research and communication projects at HIP. She is committed to promoting public health through a racial justice and health equity framework.
Originally from Mississippi, Lee currently lives in Michigan where she is finishing graduate school. She loves cooking and spending time outdoors.
Ana leads communications strategy at HIP, to share our organizational story with the world and to ensure our products and resources reach and activate our stakeholders. She’s passionate about using plain language and inclusive storytelling to advance racial justice and health equity.
Ana is originally from Mexico City, with a Midwest twist — she now lives and plays in Berkeley with her husband and 2 kids. She’s kind of a culture vulture for TV, movies, and RuPaul’s Drag Race.