MAYA ROCKEYMOORE, Ph.D., DIRECTOR
NIKKI DARUWALA, M.S., DEPUTY DIRECTOR
Nikki Daruwala is the Deputy Director of Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Known as a catalyst for change, Nikki’s career in social responsibility spans over two decades, bringing vision, dedication, and expertise in strategic policy development, advocacy, partnerships, management, and organizational capacity to her current position. She has also served as Executive Director at DC Jobs with Justice, Founder and Director of the Socially Responsible Business Program at American Rights at Work, and Manager for Advocacy and Social Policy at Calvert Investments.
Nikki strongly believes in devoting time to community service and is an advocate for the rights of working people, women, and children worldwide. She is a founding member of the Child Labor Coalition and a long-time Girl Scouts leader. Nikki received her B.S. degree in Psychology and Business from Ithaca College and her M.S. degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
ANDREW SOUSA, M.A., COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Andrew Sousa is the communications director for Leadership for Healthy Communities. For more than a decade, Andrew has been developing and implementing short and long-range communications strategies to further the overall goals of public, private and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Global Policy Solutions, Andrew led communications strategies for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) and Health Through Action, a five-year capacity-building project with 18 grantees in 15 states. Prior to APIAHF, he directed the public relations efforts for MZA Events (the organizers of the AIDS Walks in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles), and served as vice president, chief of communications for Operation HOPE, a national non-profit working to eradicate poverty through financial literacy education and the economic development of underserved communities.
ELIZABETH HINMAN, M.P.P, ASSOCIATE, ADVOCACY AND OUTREACH
As the advocacy and outreach associate for Leadership for Healthy Communities, Elizabeth Hinman manages the program’s advocacy and outreach campaigns, and works closely with clients, grantees, program partners, policymakers, coalitions and other relevant organizations to advance healthy eating and active living policy goals.
Prior to joining Global Policy Solutions, Elizabeth has worked in both the corporate and non-profit sectors on a variety of policy and advocacy issues, including public health and economic development. Most recently she managed a broad coalition of public-private partners in securing funding for one of the largest federal stimulus grants to support transportation infrastructure. Elizabeth has expertise in organizational and policy analysis, public affairs and applied politics, communications and advocacy, and social policies and programs. She has conducted extensive legislative and policy research and helped devise successful messaging strategies to champion organizational policy positions.
A Virginia native, Elizabeth received her B.A. from the College of William & Mary and her M.P.P. from American University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and lamenting the direction of the Washington Redskins’ season.
SHANNON GLYNN, ASSOCIATE, POLICY & PROGRAMS
Shannon Glynn feeds her passion for education and nutrition policy as the policy and programs associate for Leadership for Healthy Communities. She is responsible for researching, tracking and analyzing federal, state, and local policy and for developing materials that support policymakers in their efforts to implement for Healthy Eating and Active Living policies.
Shannon served as a legislative assistant in the Office of U.S. Representative Ron Kind, where she advised the Congressman on wide range of issues, including health, wellness, education, and nutrition legislative initiatives.
She was instrumental in bringing together community groups and congressional offices to successfully pass the FIT Kids Act through the House of Representatives and drafted legislation that comprehensively addresses the obesity epidemic through prevention, medical attention, nutrition, attention to the built environment, and greater physical activity options. It was the first bill to be introduced in the House of Representatives to address obesity by assisting community based organizations and providing families with the tools and opportunities to make healthy
She also worked with the National Wildlife Federation and YMCA to introduce the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act, which provides grants and incentives to states and community coalitions to increase spaces for kids to get outside and to get entire families connected with nature.
A Wisconsin native, Shannon received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, playing sports and spending time with friends.
CHERYL DAVIS, M.S., ASSOCIATE, POLICY AND TRAINING
Cheryl Davis is the associate for policy and training at Leadership for Healthy Communities, where her primary role is providing clients and policymakers with the technical assistance, training, and knowledge development resources they need to serve as successful advocates for healthy eating and active living policies.
Cheryl has expertise in capacity building, resource and curriculum development, policy analysis, and research. Prior to joining Leadership for Healthy Communities, Cheryl worked with a citywide workforce development program to evaluate recruitment and training policies and forged a partnership with New York City’s Workforce1 program to place minority youth in apprenticeships in the building and construction trades. She also worked with the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice to create and support the implementation of a placement system at secure detention facilities to reduce recidivism and improve case management. As the Education Director at the Center for Civic Responsibility, she conducted public workshops for first time candidates for office and volunteers to increase civic participation, educate community members about their rights before local and state centers of power, and promote government transparency.
Cheryl lives in Alexandria, VA and in her spare time provides fitness and nutritional counseling for clients with a variety of personal health goals. She holds a M.S. in Urban Policy Analysis from the Milano School for International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School and a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.
ANDY FOUNTAIN, ASSOCIATE, COMMUNICATIONS
Andy Fountain serves as the Communications Associate for Leadership for Healthy Communities. In this position, Andy works with the communications staff, grantees and policymakers to promote healthy eating and active living. In addition, he works with new media outreach tools, such as Facebook and Twitter, to promote Leadership for Healthy Communities.
LIZ MIYASHIRO, OFFICE MANAGER & EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Liz Miyashiro serves as the office manager and executive assistant for Global Policy Solutions. In this position, she provides operations and administrative support to the Global Policy Solutions team and assists the President and CEO. Prior to joining Global Policy Solutions, she worked with the Vera Institute of Justice, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Clean Water Action and Working America in a variety of operations and administrative roles. Her talents lie in organizing and administrative management for social change initiatives. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, attempting to keep her garden happy, and spending time with her husband, Jonathan and daughter, Lola.