Resource Development Associates

Lupe Garcia

Research Associate

Committed to alleviating health inequities and improving the quality of life for vulnerable and marginalized populations, Lupe strives to address the social determinants of health with a systems-level approach. She is particularly interested in how collaborative work among governmental entities, cross-sector partners, and community members can improve outcomes for vulnerable communities.

Lupe joined RDA because she is committed to centralizing the voices and expertise of those impacted into decision-making and planning processes. At RDA, she supports various projects including community-based participatory research, mixed method evaluations, culturally-relevant needs assessments, organizational strategic planning, and community planning processes.

Prior to joining RDA, Lupe interned as a Health Leads Advocate in Washington, D.C., where she assisted with health services and resource navigation for low-income patients with significant need of adequate food, housing, and wellness. Due to her academic, professional, and personal experiences, Lupe focuses on the intersection of race/ethnicity, class, and gender throughout her work in order to address the root causes of inequities and injustices.

Education

  • B.A. in Public Health, minor in Public Policy – University of California, Berkeley

Select Projects

  • Contra Costa County Racial Justice Task Force
  • Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Mental Health Services System Assessment
  • Los Angeles Probation Governance Model Assessment
  • Mount Diablo Unified School District Afterschool for All Evaluation
  • North Santa Clara County Student Transition Consortium Adult Education Grant (AEBG) Implementation Support
  • San Francisco Human Services Agency Strategic Planning for Resource Family Recruitment
  • Yolo County Mental Health Services Act Three-Year Plan