Lift To Rise TEAM

Heather Vaikona, President & CEO

Jovanna Rosen, Ph.D., Director of Research, Lift To Rise and
Research Assistant Professor, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Christy Holstege, Director of Collective Impact

Jocelyn Vargas, Director of Resource Development & Communications

Henry Steyer, Implementation Manager

Oscar Hernandez Lara, Research Support, Lift To Rise and
Postdoctoral Fellow, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Araceli Palafox, Implementation Manager

Erica Huskey, Operations Manager

Michael Diaz, Policy Fellow

Linda Martinez, Policy Fellow



Chris Kennen, Chief Creative Officer, Brand IQ

Gary Painter, Ph.D., Professor and Director, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Kristal Granados, Executive Director, United Way of the Desert

Leticia De Lara, CEO, Regional Access Project Foundation

Megan Beaman Jacinto, Attorney, Beaman Jacinto Law PC

Greg Rodriguez, Government Affairs and Public Policy Advisor, Riverside County



Lift To Rise has been recognized through support from:


The Laura and John Arnold Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Center for Community Investment

Eisenhower Medical Center 

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

The James Irvine Foundation

Pacific Western Bank

MUFG Union Bank Foundation

Regional Access Project Foundation

Riverside County Community Action Partnership

Tenet Healthcare Foundation

United Way of the Desert

The Urban Institute

US Bank


Wells Fargo Foundation