Director of Field Education
Audrey Cristobal focuses on strengthening academic-community partnerships and enjoys collaborating with public health professionals to enhance their contributions to our public health field and workplaces. 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.
Director of Career Services
Caitlin Green is driven by the opportunity to develop potential, identify new insights, and facilitate meaningful connections for Berkeley Public Health students. She enjoys dynamically serving students, alumni, and employers/community partners to advance the public health workforce. She came to the School of Public Health from the UC Berkeley Career Center, where she earned a Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award with her colleagues for a large-scale technology initiative to strengthen the student experience connecting with employers and applying to opportunities. Caitlin is active in professional associations and has presented at the regional and national levels around pre-health advising and supporting underrepresented students in STEM. A first-generation college student, she earned her master’s in higher education administration from Boston College and her bachelor’s in sociology from UC Berkeley.
Career and Internship Specialist
Kandis Rodgers is a dedicated career counselor committed to the personal and professional success of students and alumni. An advocate for personal empowerment and social good, Kandis is motivated by seeing students achieve their goals and enhance their communities. Kandis’s approach to working with students is holistic, embracing the whole student during their continuous journey towards career happiness. Prior to joining the School of Public Health, Kandis provided career counseling to graduate students and managed employer relations at Golden Gate University. This provided her the opportunity to develop a unique perspective to career guidance, finding the intersection between student drive and employer need. Kandis’s additional experiences include student leadership development and campus diversity
initiatives at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Kandis holds a master’s degree in education with a focus on higher education counseling in addition to a bachelor’s degree in social work, both from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.
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.
Director of Leadership and Professional Development
As the Director of Leadership and Professional Development at CPHPL and co-director of the Kaiser Permanente Scholars Program, Grace brings more than 15 years of experience in leadership development in both university and health care settings. She is passionate about developing others and helping students integrate their unique experiences, interests, and talents to reach their maximum professional potential. Prior to UC Berkeley, Grace served as 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 design and implementation of leadership programs for clinical leaders across California. 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. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator practitioner. Grace also serves on the Advisory Board of Home for a Home, a nonprofit organization that partners with socially conscious real estate professionals who donate a portion of their commissions to sustainably fund the construction of homes for people in need.
Graduate Student Instructor for PH291A (Public Health Leadership) for MPH students
Andrea Jacobo is a second-year DrPH student at UC Berkeley. She received her Masters of Public Health from The University of Memphis and Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Miami. Prior to her attending UC Berkeley, Andrea implemented various evidence-based nutrition and physical activity programs in community settings and serving youth to older adults. Along with program implementation, Andrea co-facilitated a community of practice focused on addressing the root causes of health disparities in Memphis through policy, systems, and environment. Andrea’s areas of interest are addressing health inequities through community-centered, people-centered approaches including human-centered design thinking as a tool for community organization and capacity building. She has a passion for community health, culture & arts, and food. In her spare time, Andrea loves to work out and teach group fitness classes to help promote wellness and write poetry to catalyze social change!
“Give light, and people will find the way.” – Ella Baker
Melissa Leanda is a 2021 MPH candidate at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Her passion for public health stemmed from her undergraduate education at UC Santa Barbara, where she earned her BA in Biological Anthropology. She recently completed her tenure as the Senior Project Associate at the Zetema Project, where she had the opportunity to listen to and learn from the heads of the biggest stakeholders in the healthcare industry. Eager to earn a seat at the table, Melissa was inspired to pursue her MPH at Berkeley. Her current interests include using program planning and project management skills to tackle health inequity issues in the United States. Outside of school, Melissa is a musician who enjoys watching shows on Netflix, baking, and spending time with her dog.
Gracielle Li is an undergraduate student (Class of 2023) at UC Berkeley. Originally from the Philippines, Gracielle has a strong passion for social justice and equality. Gracielle also serves as the ASUC’s Director of Basic Needs, where she organizes many programs to serve the basic needs of the larger student body. She is currently majoring in Political Science, Psychology, and Legal Studies and hopes to conduct future research on Political Behavior and Attitudes in order to help inform policy. Gracielle’s interests include reading, writing, hiking, knitting, and painting.
Justin Park is an undergraduate student (Class of 2022) at UC Berkeley majoring in Data Science and Cognitive Science. He is passionate about social welfare and tech for social good, and he is currently serving as the director of his church fellowship on campus. In the future, Justin hopes to pursue a career in product management, helping build companies ethically as well as working at a company that is geared towards helping people. His other interests include dancing, singing, hiking, and playing games.
Graduate Student Instructor for Health and Medical Apprenticeship Program (HMAP) for undergraduate students
Jessica Ross is a 2021 MPH candidate in the Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health concentration. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Cal State Long Beach, where she supported a sexual and reproductive health research project that planted the seed of a future in public health. After graduating Jessica began her career at Girls Inc. of Orange County, coordinating a workforce readiness program for high school students who were primarily Latinx and from low-income communities. She repeatedly saw how larger systems and policies were negatively impacting these youth and their community’s health. Overseeing this program solidified Jessica’s commitment to sexual and reproductive health research that utilizes an intersectional lens to inform programs, policies, and ensure we are working toward health equity. Jessica is currently interning with the California Department of Public Health’s STD Control Branch and co-leading a workgroup to address the gaps of STD care among people experiencing homelessness during COVID-19. Her personal research interests include comprehensive and inclusive sex education and the prevention of sexual violence and harassment. In her spare time, Jessica loves trying new vegan restaurants, hiking, and exploring the amazing (and endless) parks in the Bay Area.
SPH Student Group Specialist
Daniel Salas is a 2021 MPH candidate in the Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Program. He is originally from the South Bay of Los Angeles, CA more specifically Hawthorne, CA. Daniel has lived in the Bay area for about six years now. He is a double bear, receiving his BA in Public Health at UC Berkeley 2019, and now wrapping up his MPH. Daniel is primarily interested in economic justice for low-income families specifically single parent family households by creating opportunities through policy interventions to improve family health outcomes. He is currently working as a research fellow with Dr. Lia Fernald, to understand the COVID-19 pandemic impacts on disadvantaged families and the reasons for disparities in access to income support, particularly among urban Latinx and African American populations and among rural white populations in California. He also enjoys volunteering his time in advising, mentoring, and improving student access for underrepresented students of color. In his free time, Daniel loves to spend time with his family and friends, traveling, cooking, and enjoys a nice happy hour.