Who We Are

The Benefits Access & Equity Initiative involves people working to strengthen people's access to essential benefits in California and across the United States. The day-to-day work is led by a core team spread across multiple organizations:

The BAE Initiative's work is guided by an Advisory Council representing different perspectives and experiences around access to public benefits:

  • Sarika Abbi, Aspen Institute
  • Sabrina De Santiago, Golden State Opportunity
  • Roshena Duree, County Welfare Directors Association of California
  • Esi Hutchful, Center for the Study of Social Policy
  • Sara Kimberlin, CA Budget and Policy Center
  • Peter Manzo, United Ways of California
  • JP Petrucione, California Office of Digital Innovation
  • Lenny Mendonca, Former Chief Economic and Business Advisor, State of California
  • Carrie Miller, Los Angeles County Poverty Alleviation Initiative
  • Aparna Ramesh, California Policy Lab
  • Michelle Tonn, Alexandria House
  • Zabrae Valentine, Public Good Group
  • Cody Van Felden, John Burton Advocates for Youth

For any questions or media inquiries, please email info@benefitsaccess.us or call (202) 713-5665.