Staff

MAYA ROCKEYMOORE, Ph.D., DIRECTOR

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Dr. Maya Rockeymoore is director of Leadership for Healthy Communities and president and CEO of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a social change nonprofit dedicated to making policy work for people and their environments. The Center for Global Policy Solutions provides technical assistance and direction for Leadership for Healthy Communities.

Maya has previously served as the Vice President of Research and Programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), Senior Resident Scholar at the National Urban League, Chief of Staff to Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), Professional Staff on the House Ways and Means Committee and as a CBCF Legislative Fellow in the office of Congressman Melvin Watt (D-NC), among other positions.

Maya’s areas of expertise include health, social insurance, income security, education, women’s issues and youth civic participation. She is the author of The Political Action Handbook: A How to Guide for the Hip Hop Generation and co-editor of Strengthening Community: Social Insurance in a Diverse America. Maya was named an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow in 2004 and holds other prestigious honors and awards. She holds a B.A. in political science and mass communications from Prairie View A&M University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science and public policy from Purdue University.

NIKKI DARUWALA, M.S., DEPUTY DIRECTOR

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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.

CHERYL DAVIS, M.S., SENIOR ASSOCIATE, POLICY AND DEVELOPMENT

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Cheryl Davis is the senior associate for policy and development for Leadership for Healthy Communities, where her primary role is providing grantees 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.

KRISTEN WELKER-HOOD, Sc.D. R.N., SENIOR ASSOCIATE, HEALTH INITIATIVES

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Kristen Welker-Hood is the senior associate for health initiatives at Leadership for Healthy Communities. Her primary role is supporting program grantees in their efforts to advance healthy eating and active living policies.

Prior to joining Leadership for Healthy Communities, Kristen worked for health care corporations, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations.  In her last position as a Senior Liaison, Local Care Coordinator for the BC/BS CareFirst Patient Centered Medical Care Program, she led efforts to engage the medical community in integrating public health into primary care to reduce chronic disease and improve population health outcomes. She has over ten years experience working on local, state and federal health policy issues. As a Director for Environmental Health Programs for Physicians for Social Responsibility and as a Senior Policy Fellow for the American Nurses Association, she guided the strategic policy initiatives, public health education campaigns, and served as lead investigator and author on several research projects.  She brings to Leadership for Healthy Communities a strong background in mobilizing the health community and scientists to serve as grass-tops messengers for advancing evidence-based policy change.

Kristen has expertise in health promotion and prevention of chronic disease, implementing public health campaigns and advocacy initiatives, policy analysis and research.  Kristen lives in Maryland where she trains as the swimmer for an Iron Girl triathlon relay team and is a mother to a 8 year-old aspiring male gymnast.

She holds a science doctorate (Sc.D.) in Public Health from Boston University, School of Public Health; a M.S. in Public Health Nursing form Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing and a B.S.N. from the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University, SUNY.

CRAIG MOSCETTI, M.P.H., ASSOCIATE, POLICY AND PROGRAMS

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Craig Moscetti is the associate for policy and programs for Leadership for Healthy Communities, where he provides research and analysis on policy issues related to healthy eating, active living and childhood obesity prevention.

Prior to joining Leadership for Healthy Communities, Craig worked for governmental and non-governmental organizations on public health and international development policy and advocacy.  Craig has also consulted for several international organizations conducting research, policy analysis and partnership development. His recent work with one international organization focused on developing innovative public-private partnerships to address chronic diseases.

Craig has expertise in research, policy analysis, advocacy, coalition development and policy communications. He has authored a variety of reports and publications on public health issues. He holds a Masters of Public Health degree from the George Washington University and a B.S. in biology from Villanova University. In his spare time, Craig is a competitive triathlete and runner.

ANDY FOUNTAIN, ASSOCIATE, COMMUNICATIONS

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Andy Fountain serves as the communications associate for Leadership for Healthy Communities. In this position, Andy helps develop and implement strategic communications plans to promote healthy eating and active living. In addition, Andy works with new media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to promote Leadership for Healthy Communities.

Prior to joining Leadership for Healthy Communities, Andy worked as a legislative assistant at a D.C.-based government relations firm. There, he conducted legislative research and tracking for a number of higher education and technology-focused clients.  A native of Georgia, Andy received his B.A. from the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs.

LIZ MIYASHIRO, OFFICE MANAGER & EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

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Liz Miyashiro serves as the office manager and executive assistant for Leadership for Healthy Communities. In this position, she provides operations and administrative support to the Leadership for Healthy Communities team and assists the program director. Prior to joining Leadership for Healthy Communities, 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.

 

Leadership for Healthy Communities is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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