Mark comes to CCHI after 9 years as Executive Director and CEO of Children’s Health Initiative Napa County, where he developed the first nonprofit insurance brokerage firm in California serving individuals and families. He built a county-wide collaborative of 42 agencies and guided Napa County into a leadership role at the state level, working to provide affordable health insurance to everyone in California, regardless of race, ethnicity, or family income.
Prior to his work in Napa County, he managed public health programs in Yolo County, including the Women Infants and Children Program, he developed mobile medical, dental, and optometric clinics based in schools and community centers, and a Health Promatora program in Los Angeles. Mark holds a Master of Public Health degree.
Director of Programs
Maria Romero-Mora joined CCHI as Project Coordinator of the Connecting Kids to Coverage Project, a national campaign through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, for which she manages the collaboration, program management, and evaluation of partner organizations based in 7 counties. Maria has ample experience in health insurance education and enrollment having started as a Certified Application Assistance (CAA) in Yolo County in 2007 with the local Community Health Initiative (CHI). Her work included direct engagement with migrant populations to identified safety net resources, health coverage enrollment, and the development of safety net programs. Maria is bilingual, bicultural and writes Spanish fluently. She received her B.A. in Community and Regional Development from the University of California, Davis. Maria is a certified enrollment counselor (CEC).
Shannon is CCHI’s new Executive Assistant and Member Services Coordinator. Her previous experience as an event planner fostered strengths such as great attention to detail and exemplary organizational skills, which have proven to be a great asset to the CCHI team. Shannon was born and raised in Sacramento, and in her spare time coaches a CrossFit group. She is excited to be part of the CCHI team, and is eager to meet all of CCHI’s members.
As the Policy Director, Brenda is responsible for policy analysis and management of all of CCHI’s policy and advocacy work. Prior to joining CCHI, Brenda served as the Health Policy Associate with the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California where she supported policy efforts to increase healthcare access for all Californians. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology-Social Services from the University of California, Davis. At UC Davis, Brenda actively participated in health related events including health educational fairs and the annual Battle Heart Disease Fair, in conjunction with UC Davis’s Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program which promotes heart disease prevention within the Latino community. Brenda is bi-lingual in English & Spanish.
Katie joined CCHI in 2017. As CCHI’s Development Director, Katie leads CCHI’s future development strategy and creates new and innovative opportunities for CCHI members. Katie previously served the Brown Administration as Deputy Secretary, Special Programs, and as Assistant Secretary, Program and Fiscal Affairs, at the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) from 2012 – 2016. Prior to her time at CHHS, Katie was Principal and Associate Consultant to the Senate Appropriations Committee from 2008 to 2011, was an Associate at the Dewey Square Group from 2007 to 2008, and served as a California Senate Fellow in then-Senator Tom Torlakson’s office from 2006 to 2007. Katie holds a bachelor’s of arts and sciences in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Comparative Literature from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s in public administration from the University of Southern California.
Natasha comes to CCHI with a background in nonprofit programs, communications, and development. A Sacramento transplant, she is originally from the East Coast, and received her BA in Government and Economics from Wesleyan University. After graduation she worked as the Program Coordinator at an Arabic Language Institute in Muscat, Oman. Returning to the US, she moved to Sacramento to work as the AmeriCorps VISTA Capacity Building Specialist at Opening Doors, a local refugee resettlement agency. She is passionate about working to improve living conditions for communities, regardless of immigration status, income, ethnicity, etc. She is thrilled to be supporting CCHI and its mission as a program assistant.
Aissa Perez and is a new program assistant here at CCHI. She recently graduated from UC Davis with degrees in English and Sociology, with an emphasis in social services.Throughout her college career she interned with various social service and non-profit organizations, including the International Rescue Committee and PICO California. Originally from Southern CA, she loves Northern California and is excited to be a member of the CCHI team.
CCHI is a leader in health advocacy for children and families and is recognized as a statewide network of community organizations that champion enrollment in health coverage, access to care and other services.