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Meet Our Team

The California Coalition for Black Birth Justice was co-founded and is led in partnership with the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative. The Coalition is fiscally sponsored by the Public Health Institute.

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Dana Sherrod, MPH (she/her)
Co-Founder & Executive Director
dsherrod@phi.org

 
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Asaiah Harville, IBCLC (she/her) 
Associate Director, Clinical Strategies & Engagement
aharville@phi.org
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Natalie Champion (she/her)
Operations & Strategic Partnerships Manager
natalie@cablackbirthjustice.com


 
Alimat (Ali) Adebiyi, DrPH, MPH (she/her)
Quality Improvement Manager

aadebiyi@phi.org

 
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Alexis Cobbins, MSW (she/her)
Coalition Co-
Founder
San Francisco Human Services Agency


 
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Esther Priscilla Ebuehi, MS (she/her)
Coalition Co-Founder & Ph.D student

 
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Candice Charles, MPH (she/her)
Research & Evaluation Manager
ccharles@phi.org
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Solaire Spellen, MPH (she/her)
Coalition Co-Founder & Head of Quality Improvement & Systems Change
Irth App
solaire@irthapp.com
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2024 - 2025 Coalition Strategic Advisors

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Brandi Desjolais, Ed.D
Co-Director
Black Maternal Health Center of Excellence
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
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Brittany Chambers Butcher, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Human Ecology
University of California, Davis
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Jyesha Wren, CNM, RN, MS, BA
Program Director and Midwife
BElovedBIRTH Black Centering
Alameda Health System
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Jadah Parks Chatterjee, RN, IBCLC
Registered Nurse, Lactation Consultant
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Mashariki Kudumu, MPH
Public Health & Birth Justice Professional 
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Onyemma Obiekea, MPH, JD
Policy Director
Black Women for Wellness 
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Sayida Peprah-Wilson, PsyD
Founder/ Executive Director 
Diversity Uplifts
 
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Pooja Mittal, DO
Chief Health Equity Officer
Health Net
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Zaire Bailey
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Special Projects
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
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Raena Granberry
Director, Maternal and Reproductive Health
California Black Women's Health Project

2022- 2023 Coalition Strategic Advisors/Founding Mothers

Brandi Desjolais, Ed.D
Black Maternal Health Center of Excellence
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Brittany Chambers Butcher, Ph.D., MPH
University of California, Davis
Mashariki Kudumu, MPH
Public Health & Birth Justice Professional 
Monica R. McLemore, Ph.D., MPH, RN, FAAN
University of Washington
Nourbese Flint, MA
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Pooja Mittal, DO
Health Net
Shantay Davies-Balch, MBA
BLACK Wellness and Prosperity Center
Zea Malawa, MD, MPH
Expecting Justice
San Francisco Department of Public Health

 
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