Roberta is committed to strengthening individual, program, and systems’ capacities to work together in service of their communities. The majority of Roberta’s work focuses on participatory processes that bring together people with a diversity of experiences and backgrounds, in partnership with public and nonprofit organizations, to consider how to address community needs, use research and data to inform decision-making, maximize available resources, and measure the impact of the work.
With a background in direct service provision, Roberta has worked extensively throughout California and nationally to design and implement programs that support people with serious mental illness and/or developmental disabilities to remain in or transition back to the community from institutional settings, such as jails and hospitals. Clinically, her experience is based in the public sector with a focus on people with serious mental illness, substance use, forensic involvement, and/or an intellectual disability. In addition, she has presented nationally on promising practices in participatory planning and evaluation as well as issues related to deinstitutionalization.