Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee

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Community leaders around a table with Jonathan London
Jonathan London from the Environmental Health Sciences Center (right) at a team building event with members of the Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Working together to build healthy communities in California

The Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee (CSTAC) at the UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC) provides community members with a space to discuss, collaborate and give feedback on EHSC projects. The committee informs the work scientists do by providing a window into the communities where their research is done. Current CSTAC members include:

Isabel Arrollo

El Quinto Sol de America

Isabel Arrollo is the executive director of El Quinto Sol de America.

El Quinto Sol de América’s mission is to use art, culture and education as tools to help create more just and equitable communities, including achieving a higher quality of life for farmworkers.

Colin Bailey  

Environmental Justice Coalition for Water 

Colin Bailey is executive director of Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW).

EJCW is a coalition of grassroots organizations working on more equitable water distribution, management and policy for the state’s underserved communities. EJCW’s mission is to ensure access to clean, safe and affordable water for all.

John Capitman   

Central Valley Health Policy Institute

John Capitman is a professor of public policy and executive director of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at California State University-Fresno. He also serves on the board of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

The Central Valley Health Policy Institute helps improve the health of residents through access to health care via policies and programs it develops with communities throughout the San JoaquinValley.

Ben Duran   

Central Valley Higher Education Consortium

Ben Duran is executive director of the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC) and a respected educator and leader in higher education.

CVHEC represents 25 colleges and universities from Stockton to Bakersfield. The consortium develops policies to help some 250,000 students finish their degree.

Veronica Eady

California Air Resources Board

Veronica Eady is assistant executive officer of the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Eady oversees environmental justice activities for the Board.

CARB is charged with protecting the public from the harmful effects of air pollution and developing programs and actions to fight climate change.

Amrith Gunasekara

California Department of Food and Agriculture

Amrith Gunasekara is science advisor at the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). His focus includes plant nutrient management, climate change and environmental stewardship.

Gunasekara is also the CDFA liaison to the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel.

Kevin Hamilton

Central California Asthma Collaborative

Kevin Hamilton is the chief executive officer at the Central California Asthma Collaborative (CCAC) where he’s focused on reducing the burden of chronic respiratory disease and environmental health impacts valley-wide. 

CCAC works in the San Joaquin Valley to advance knowledge around asthma, create healthy home, outdoor and school environments and promote access to quality health care.

Linda Helland   

Office of Health Equity, California Department of Public Health

Linda Helland is a team leader at the Office of Health Equity (OHE) at the California Department of Public Health.

OHE helps all Californians achieve optimal health by promoting more equitable social, economic and environmental policies. Helland’s team ensures measures taken to combat the effects of climate change on health are helpful not harmful, especially for those who already experience limited access to health care.

Ryan Jensen

Community Water Center

Ryan Jensen is the community water solutions manager at the Community Water Center (CWC) where he supports organizing and training around environmental justice campaigns focused on drinking water issues. Jensen helps to develop leadership in disadvantaged communities throughout the San Joaquin Valley.

CWC develops water solutions through community organizing, education and advocacy in California’s San Joaquin Valley. CWC ensures people have access to safe, clean and aff­ordable water by giving rural and low-income communities a voice.

Nayamin Martinez

Central California Environmental Justice Network

Nayamin Martinez is the director of the Central California Environmental Justice Network.

CCEJN seeks to preserve our natural resources now and in the future by seeking better ways to minimize environmental degradation in Central Valley communities.  This is crucial because rural communities in California’s Central Valley suffer a disproportionate amount of negative health, social and financial impacts.

Shankar Prasad   

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California Environmental Protection Agency

Shankar Prasad is a physician and toxicologist at the Off­ice of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) at the California Environmental Protection Agency.

OEHHA is the lead agency in California that assesses environmental health risks. OEHHA implements the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, which creates the list of substances that cause cancer or harm during pregnancy.

Prasad has long been an environmental justice advocate and is co-chair of the Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

Phoebe Seaton   

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

Phoebe Seaton is an attorney and co-founder and co-director of the Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability (LCJA). A veteran of policy issues related to water and land use, Seaton brings attention to low-income, unincorporated communities in California to help them address critical infrastructure and service deficits.

LCJA improves the future of at-risk communities in California through organizing, research, legal representation and policy work.

Seaton is co-chair of the Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

Jane Sellen

Californians for Pesticide Reform

Jane Sellen is director of development and communications at Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR).

CPR is a statewide coalition of over 185 organizations. Its mission is to protect public health, improve the environment and support a sustainable agricultural system by building a movement across California to change pesticide policy and practice.

CPR supports safe, ecologically sound and socially just forms of pest management, as well as the expansion and protection of the public’s right to be aware of pesticide use, exposure and impact on the environment and in communities.

Marilyn Silva   

Department of Pesticide Regulation, California Environmental Protection Agency

Marilyn Silva is a toxicologist for the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) at the California Environmental Protection Agency.

DPR is responsible for regulating pesticides to protect public health and the environment. DPR assesses human health risks from pesticides, licenses pest control businesses and monitors pesticides