Member Lookbook

Learn more about the policy areas and social justice inspirations that motivate the diverse, impactful members of the Having Our Say Coalition in 2021 and beyond.


ACCESS Reproductive Justice


Our inspiration:

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

― Assata Shakur

Policy Area: Reproductive Justice

Asian Resources Inc

Stop AAPI Hate at our ARI Sacramento Headquarters

Policy Areas: 

  • Data disaggregation

  • cultural and linguistic health access (including Medi-Cal CHW benefit and Navigator funding for Medi-Cal, Medi-Cal Older Adults 50+ expansion regardless of immigration status and COFA citizens)

  • oral health access (including outreach, education, and alternative workforce).

Black Women for Wellness

Astrid Williams (she/her)

Environmental Justice Program Manager

My inspiration for social justice:

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

-Alice Walker

Policy Areas: Environmental Justice, Reproductive Justice and Women's Health

California Black Health Network

Eugene Canson (he/him)

Sr. Manager, Policy & Government Affairs

My inspiration for social justice:

“Our only hope for our collective liberation is a politics of deep solidarity rooted in love.”

–  Michelle Alexander

Policy Areas: Social determinants of health, racial justice, environmental justice, social justice

California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

Joel N Jenkins (he/him)

Community Advocacy Manager (HOS lead)

My inspiration for social justice: 

There’s nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns”

– Octavia E. Butler

Policy Areas: health equity, language justice, mental health

Andrea Rivera (she/her/hers)

Senior Legislative Advocate

My inspiration for social justice:

“Better to die on your feet than live on your knees”

– Emiliano Zapata

Policy Areas: State legislation and advocacy

Weiyu with advocates in Sacramento

Weiyu Zhang, MPH (she/her)

Community Advocacy Manager

My inpsiration and gratitude:

Having Our Say is my “happy place”– I love that community partners in this space genuinely want to share, strategize and grow together, and it’s unique and different from any other coalition space I have been in, because we are all experts of our own identities, cultures and issues, yet are constantly finding ways to collectively advance health equity.

Policy Areas: public health, health equity

Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC)

Our inspiration:

“No voice is too soft when that voice speaks for others.”

– Janna Cachola

Policy Area: Immigrant Rights

Central Valley Urban Institute

Eric Payne

Executive Director, CVUI


“Dr. King wants the same thing I want. Freedom.”

— Malcolm X

Policy Area: Black Wealth Creation and Prosperity

Korean Community Center of the East Bay (KCCEB)

Yeri Shon (she/her)

Chief, Program Integration and Community Impact

My inspiration for social justice:

It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.”
— Dalai Lama, Lhamo Thondup, 14th Dalai Lama, Tibet

Policy Areas: Health equity, immigrant rights, language access and cultural humility

Little Manila Rising

Our inspiration for social justice: 

“Know Hxstory, Know Self. No Hxstory, No Self”

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

Policy Areas: Multi-faceted equity in San Joaquin County, environmental justice, racial equity, immigration, and holistic health (e.g., mental health, physical health, COVID-19)