We are tireless advocates for change, working to create maximum impact for children, families, and communities.
We are tireless advocates for change, working to create maximum impact for children, families, and communities.
Krista is committed to creating clean and accessible designs to help visualize strategies for social change. At VIVA, Krista translates data and ideas into aesthetic and effective visuals that support the initiatives of clients. Previously, Krista created graphics and web content for the U.S. national branch of a global organization and has worked as a designer, elementary arts teacher, and university instructor. When she’s not designing on the computer, Krista is also a practicing traditional oil painter. She creates large, colorful works of art about women and representation in mass media. Krista has a Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science in Visualization from Texas A&M University
Hidden Talent: Juggling (but only 3 items)
Favorite Word: Phthalo
I’m Inspired By: My grandmother
Super Power I’d Like to Have: Instant transmission – like Goku!
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Laura is a dynamic communicator who believes that powerful communications are an essential ingredient for any initiative to create change for children and families. Laura directs VIVA’s communications work, leading communications strategy development and overseeing creative execution and campaign management. Her expertise includes communications planning, brand strategy, digital strategy, and messaging for collective impact initiatives and policy and advocacy efforts. Previously, she managed marketing and communications for a national healthcare association and worked in client services at a leading branding agency. Laura is a former teacher and Teach For America corps member. She has a Master of Arts in Global Communications from the American University of Paris and a Bachelor of Arts in English and French from Lafayette College.
Hidden Talent: I have an internal GPS.
Favorite Word: Antidisestablishmentarianism.
I’m Inspired By: Selflessness.
Super Power I’d Like To Have: The ability to speak any language fluently.
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Elizabeth is passionate about developing tools and resources that help children, families, and those who support them succeed in school, at home, work, and in their communities. She has extensive experience in community outreach, public relations, and communications in support of community health and social services. At VIVA, Elizabeth leads community engagement work, connecting with families and community stakeholders to lift up their experiences, partner to develop effective strategies, and support equitable, community-driven change efforts. Elizabeth has a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from Fresno Pacific University and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and Chicano Latin American Studies from California State University of Fresno.
Hidden Talent: Backyard farming.
Favorite Word: Albahaca – The Spanish word for basil.
I’m Inspired By: People who stand for what is right regardless of the implications.
Super Power I’d Like To Have: Teleportation.
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Lucia believes that true change can happen by creating an ecosystem of shared value, bringing about the connection between social progress and business success. She wants to guide and foster the private and public sector’s efforts in their ecosystem to catalyze change. She has spent her career developing her business skills as a consultant while continuing to foster her passion in social innovation, social impact, and sustainability. Her work has included process opportunity identification, technology implementation, data analysis, strategy design, and process implementation to improve cross-functional collaboration and communication. Lucia has an MBA and Masters in Disruptive Innovation from Hult International Business School and a Bachelors in Finance from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.
Hidden Talent: I can play Piano Man by Billy Joel on the harmonica
Favorite Word: Apapachar – a word originated from nahuatl (the language of the Aztecs) meaning to “hug or caress with the soul”
I’m Inspired By: Confident and empathetic people
Super Power I’d Like to Have: Photographic memory
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Christina co-founded VIVA with Nicole, based on a shared commitment to leveraging the power of strategic thinking and communications for positive social impact. Christina is a skilled strategist and facilitator inspired by a core belief that human suffering is not inevitable, acceptable or just. She has worked in different settings throughout the last 25 years, including as a teacher, school counselor, non-profit organization manager, and a program and evaluation director at First 5 Santa Barbara County—all with the common goal of social good. Work in the field served as a foundation for her consulting work, which focuses on large-scale community change efforts. This includes multi-sector partnership development, complex strategic planning, government innovation, and being a trusted mediator of industry leaders in the development of public policy. Christina is regularly invited to present and facilitate at state and national conferences focused on social good and community building. Christina has a Master of Arts in Education from CSU Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Hidden Talent: The Chicken Dance.
Favorite Word: Obstreperous.
I’m Inspired By: My Mom.
Super Power I’d Like To Have: Healing.
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Jaelyn believes in the power of perspective taking and designing person-first solutions rooted in empathy. In her role at VIVA, Jaelyn provides support to initiatives tackling system-level challenges and solving complex problems. Prior to VIVA, Jaelyn provided direct care, vocational enrichment, and clinical research services at leading non-profit and academic intuitions, including working as a clinical research coordinator within Stanford University’s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She brings experience working with children and young adults diagnosed with Autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Jaelyn received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Tulane University with a minor in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation.
Hidden Talent: Identifying art of the African Diaspora
Favorite Word: Lagniappe, a popular word in New Orleans meaning “a little something extra”
I’m Inspired By: People who speak truth to power
Super Power I’d Like to Have: Control of the elements
Iris is passionate about social justice, equity, and supporting communities to create meaningful and long-lasting social change. Iris brings extensive experience in systems-thinking, project management, qualitative research, trauma-informed care, and program development to her work. At VIVA, Iris has led several qualitative research projects which have included a community needs assessment, stakeholder interviews, environmental scans, and survey development. She also provides expertise in meeting facilitation, systems-building, capacity building, and planning for large-scale, multi-partner initiatives. Prior to joining VIVA, Iris developed and managed several programs in the nonprofit sector serving communities of color and those impacted by trauma. She also provided program evaluation support for a mobile education technology startup. She received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California and holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Sociology and Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Hidden Talent: I can get lost literally anywhere.
Favorite Word: Soliloquy.
I’m Inspired By: Those who are willing to sacrifice everything they have to ensure that the next generation has better opportunities and an improved quality of life.
Super Power I’d Like to Have: The ability to speak any language (including being able to communicate with my dog).
Noa is a fast thinker and talker who makes it easy and empowering for people to fight for what is right. At VIVA, Noa specializes in content, connecting clients with their audiences through familiarity, clarity, and fun. Content is a powerful tool, and Noa helps organizations create messaging and visuals that shine. Noa spent three years working in communications for political and issue advocacy campaigns throughout Louisiana and the Gulf South, creating progressive messaging, managing social media, planning events, and registering voters. Noa finds out what motivates traditions and community, then uses content to seamlessly relate to readers. She graduated from Tulane University with a B.S. in Economics and minors in Political Science and Music & Cultures of the Gulf South. She will do anything to show people their own capability and will build a costume for any occasion.
Hidden Talent: Plumbing & house repairs
Favorite Word: Serendipity!
I’m Inspired By: People recognizing and sharing their power & influence.
Super Power I’d Like to Have: Shapeshifting, so that I could experience being water.
Kelila is a compassionate and analytical professional motivated by bringing creativity and innovation to the public sector. In her role at VIVA, she works with the data team to collect, analyze and report data in accessible ways that empower clients to amplify their impact through data-supported strategy, decision-making, and action. Prior to VIVA, Kelila worked at the Port of San Francisco as a finance and policy analyst and participated in the San Francisco Fellows Program, a year-long public administration fellowship with the City and County of San Francisco. Kelila received a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Davis in International Relations and a minor in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning. When not diving deep into spreadsheets and creating data visualizations, she can be found hiking, roller skating, printmaking, and trying out new recipes.
Hidden Talent: Roller skating
Favorite Word: Zephyr – a soft gentle breeze
I’m Inspired By: Resilience
Super Power I’d Like to Have: Grow all of my own food
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Katy is passionate about empowering social sector actors to maximize impact in their communities. She brings expertise in nonprofit program management and organizational capacity building and has experience working with newcomer refugee and immigrant communities in the youth development and sport for development sectors. She has also conducted rigorous research and data analysis related to refugee resettlement, public health, and immigration policy. As a former soccer coach and graduate student instructor, Katy enjoys dynamic facilitation and cross-cultural team building. She has a Master of Development Practice from the University of California Berkeley and a Bachelor in Business Administration from Villanova University.
Hidden Talent: Speed walking.
Favorite Word: Amani (which means “peace” in Swahili and “power” in Luganda, slightly different spelling in Luganda).
I’m Inspired By: Human connections.
Super Power I’d Like To Have: Flying.
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Monica is a self-proclaimed lifelong learner dedicated to uplifting communities to achieve systems-level change. With experience spanning across the public, nonprofit, and private sectors around the Bay Area, she works to maximize interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to social impact initiatives. Monica has a Master of Social Welfare degree from UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies at the University of San Francisco with a minor in Public Service and Community Engagement.
Hidden Talent: Napping anywhere.
Favorite Word: Ponder.
I’m Inspired By: People who challenge the status quo.
Super Power I’d Like to Have: Speed reading
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Nicole co-founded VIVA with Christina, based on a shared commitment to leveraging the power of strategic thinking and communications for positive social impact. Nicole brings more than 25 years of experience in the public, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors, including facilitating strategic planning processes and organizational change, and providing strategic communications consultation and execution. Nicole is known for being a visionary and strategic thinker, with an ability to grasp the complexities of multi-sector partnerships and to expertly facilitate diverse groups towards their shared vision. She has led the design and launch of numerous local and regional partnerships focused on improving the health and education of children and families. She has a Ph.D. in Education with a focus on Leadership in Community Collaboratives for Children and a Master of Arts degree in Education, with a focus on Group Dynamics & Leadership in Multi-Sector Partnerships, both from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Hidden Talent: I can milk a cow.
Favorite Word: Love.
I’m Inspired By: Leaders who consistently stand up for doing what is right no matter what.
Super Power I’d Like to Have: All of Wonder Woman’s super powers.
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Christine has spent her career making an impact across sectors. She has consulted for and worked with clients spanning the social, private, and public sectors, as well as double bottom-line companies. Past work includes impact measurement and reporting, technology implementation for social good, inter-sector and cross-sector partnership development and strengthening, and proposing and helping implement cultural and operational improvements for more effective cross-functional communication and collaboration. She has also developed and co-led an Executive Education workshop on Corporate Philanthropy at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, in partnership with the Center for Social Sector Leadership. She is skilled at process development and implementation, quantitative analysis and revenue and market size growth forecasting, impact measurement, and data gathering through surveys, interviews, and focus groups to guide recommendations and inform decision making. Christine earned her Bachelor of Science in Business from University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, and her MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Hidden Talent: Learning the Japanese word for various sushi-related terms.
Favorite Word: Gemütlichkeit – A German word that encapsulates the feeling of coziness; it’s the whole experience and feeling that you have of being physically warm, but also metaphorically feeling warm inside your heart.
I’m Inspired By: People who follow their passions.
Super Power I’d Like to Have: Flying…or teletransport!