Victoria brings a decade of experience in nonprofit and movement building work. She has worked to build awareness, empathy, and positive social change across axes of inequality, especially for low-income communities of color, and is excited to bring her energy to the Community Climate Solutions team. Outside of her work with MSC, Victoria also leads a participatory evaluation of Healthy Bayview, a youth-focused urban agriculture effort in Bayview Hunters Point in San Francisco led by Hunters Point Family.
Previously, Victoria worked at the Prevention Institute, a public health nonprofit in Oakland, advocating for violence prevention and health reform, and supporting community organizing to promote active living and healthy eating environments. She has also worked with Causa Justa :: Just Cause; Mission Economic Development Agency on Mission Promise Neighborhood – a cradle to career-focused initiative; California Newsreel, a social justice film and media organization; and, in 2015, collaborated with community-based advocacy groups in Lagos, Nigeria to collect research on a Human Rights to Water project sponsored by UC Berkeley.
She built her expertise in facilitation, consensus building, and collaboration as a CORO Fellow in Public Affairs in San Francisco (2010-2011), as a Center for Health Leadership Fellow (2013-15), and student organizing while earning her master’s degrees in Public Health and City Planning from University of California, Berkeley (2013-2016). Originally from eastern Washington, Victoria moved to the Bay Area to attend Stanford University as a Gates Millennium Scholar.
Victoria is inspired by community-driven, multi-sectoral, and targeted universalism approaches to movement building. She also believes that symptoms of social and environmental inequities show up in communities most prominently through inequitable health outcomes; and thus, she sees social justice efforts as acts to restore and build healthy communities.