Excellence

Board of Directors

Darcy Baxter

Rev. Darcy Baxter serves the Universal Unitarian Fellowship of Stanislaus County congregation, and is a teacher, facilitator and public speaker in the broader community on issues including reproductive justice, faith and religion.

Racquel Bracken (Vice Chair, Treasurer)

Racquel Bracken focuses on pharmaceutical and biotech investments at Venrock, and is co-founder and CEO of Federation Bio.

Susan Berke Fogel, J.D.

Susan Berke Fogel is an attorney and consultant to non-profit organizations working on reproductive health and rights issues. Susan is the Co-Founder and Coordinator at the Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible Research and recently served as National Health Law Program’s Director of Reproductive and Sexual Health.

Raniyah Copeland, MPH

Raniyah Copeland is a seasoned public health and racial justice expert and co-founder and principal of Equity & Impact Solutions, a consulting practice that provides strategic advising and support to companies and organizations to advance racial and gender equity. Previously, Raniyah led the Black AIDS Institute, the nation’s only HIV ‘think and do tank’ that is exclusively focused on ending the HIV epidemic in Black America.

Taeko Frost, DrPH

Dr. Taeko Frost is Principal and Partner of In The Works, a consulting practice that builds the capacity of non-profit organizations across the country. Taeko has nearly 20 years of experience in public health, working in primary care, reproductive health, harm reduction services, and advocacy initiatives.

Christine Gasparac

Christine Gasparac is the Assistant Director of San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection, the regulatory building safety agency responsible for overseeing the effective and efficient enforcement of building, electrical, plumbing, disability access and housing codes for the City and County of San Francisco’s more than 200,000 commercial and residential buildings.

Nina Kjellson (Chair)

Nina Kjellson is a General Partner at Canaan Partners - an early-state, diversified venture capital firm, and focuses on investing in biopharma and digital health companies that serve unmet therapeutic and access needs.

Julie Rabinovitz, MPH

Julie Rabinovitz became the President + CEO of Essential Access Health in January 2011.

Brenda Shipp (Secretary)

Brenda Shipp is the Chief Operating Officer of WellSpace, a federally qualified health center in the Sacramento region. In this role, Brenda creates strategic alliances with organization leaders to align and support key business initiatives and health center staff.

Mona Shah, JD (At-Large)

Mona Shah is an independent consultant with an extensive background in a wide range of health policy issues, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare and Women’s Health. Her consulting practice includes serving as the Project Director for the Orange County Health Funders Partnership.

Neil Solomon, MD, FACP

Dr. Neil Solomon is a Co-Founder and Chief Strategist at MedZed, where he is responsible for developing service programs, overseeing CareForce, and establishing clinical processes.

Jen Wylegala

Jen Wylegala is the Director of Philanthropy for the Collaborative for Gender + Reproductive Equity (CGRE). In this role, Jen works closely with CGRE’s Advisory Committee and cultivates and engages prospective funding partners.

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