Lift To Rise TEAM

Heather Vaikona, President & CEO, Lift To Rise

Jovanna Rosen, Director of Research, Lift To Rise & Research Assistant Professor, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

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

Araceli Palafox, Researcher

Henry Steyer, Systems Coordinator

Bonnie Rubrecht, Special Projects

Erica Huskey, Operations Manager



Chris Kennen, Chief Creative Officer, Brand IQ

Gary Painter, 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



Leonardo Bravo, Director of Education and Public Programs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Megan Daly, Associate Director
Institute for Community Partnerships,
Loma Linda University

Leticia De Lara, CEO
Regional Access Project Foundation

Debbie Espinosa, President and CEO
FIND Food Bank

Brenda Freeman, Executive Director
Community Action Partnership Riverside

Tammi Graham, Executive Director
First 5 Riverside

Kristal Granados, Executive Director
United Way of the Desert

James Grisham, Desert Region Adult Services Administrator
Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health

Lisa Houston, COO
Desert Healthcare District

Gayle Hoxter, Program Chief
County of Riverside, Department of Public Health

Elizabeth Romero, Assistant Vice Chancellor
Government and Community Relations
University of California – Riverside

Jovanna Rosen, Research Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

Yvonne Suarez, Deputy Director
First 5 Riverside

Jason Tate, Director of Health Academy
Indio High School

David Thornton, Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity of the Coachella Valley

Sheila Thornton, President and CEO
OneFuture Coachella Valley

Melody Winter Head, Regional Manager, SoCal
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco


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