momo chang

Momo Chang is a freelance journalist based in Oakland, California. Her writings focus on health, education, immigration and Asian American communities. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune, where she covered Asian American communities. Momo has received local and national recognition for her writing, including an investigative award from the Society of Professional Journalists and two national Asian American Journalists Association awards. She has freelanced for The American ProspectEast Bay ExpressSan Francisco ChronicleWiredSan Francisco Bay Guardian and ColorLines, and reported for The New York Times.

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bryant terry

Bryant Terry is a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award-winning chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system.  He is currently the Chef-in-Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco where he creates programming that celebrates the intersection of food, farming, health, activism, art, culture, and the African Diaspora.  His work has been featured in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe San Francisco Chronicle, and All Things Considered among many other publications.  Fast Company magazine named Bryant one of "9 People Who Are Changing the Future of Food" in its April 2016 issue.

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Lok Siu, phD

Professor Lok Siu is an Associate Professor at the UC Berkeley Department of Ethnic Studies. Her research interests include the cultural politics of food, ethnography, transnationalism, cultural citizenship, migration, diaspora, racial, ethnic, and gender formation, Chinese diaspora studies, and Asians in the Americas.

She is currently completing a manuscript tentatively titled, Chino Latin@: Recovering Hemispheric Asian America, which explores the transnational connections among Asians in the Americas within the context of coloniality, geopolitics, and competing nationalisms. She is also expanding her interest into food studies and working on an ethnography tentatively titled, The Food Truck Generation.

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Nina F. Ichikawa

Nina F. Ichikawa Is A Writer, Researcher, Speaker And Policy Analyst, Dedicated To Making Good Food Accessible, Interesting And Culturally Appropriate. Her writing has been published in Civil Eats, Grist, Al-Jazeera America, NBC Asian America, Amerasia Journal, Rafu Shimpo and Nichi Bei Times. 

Nina has advised on policy creation, implementation and outreach for a range of clients, including a U.S. Presidential primary campaign, Peace Boat Japan, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Slow Food DC, community development corporations, schools, nonprofits and businesses. 

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Rosalie Fanshel

Rosalie Z. Fanshel is the program manager at the Berkeley Food institute. A Bay Area native, she has spent over 15 years on (and in) the ground of the food movement in Northern California, Japan, and Australia. As a seasoned administrator, Rosalie thrives in making the good work happen on a day-to-day basis. She has previously served the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets, Food Connect Sydney, UC Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies, and UC San Diego’s Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies. Rosalie obtained her BA from Oberlin College in 2000. She is also an exhibiting artist and freelance illustrator. Her scholarly interests include popular music, visual culture, and representations of gender and sexuality within the food movement. Her writings have appeared in the peer-reviewed journal Popular Music and in Terrain Magazine.



Kristine Nguyen

Kristine Nguyen is a fundraising professional.  She currently works for the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business in its San Francisco office, covering alumni philanthropy and alumni engagement on the West Coast.  Prior to this, Kristine was part of the UC Berkeley University Development and Alumni Relations team, working on campus-wide Chancellor initiatives and programs to promote philanthropy and impact.

She successfully led the UC Berkeley crowdfund campaign for “From Mothers to Mothers” in 2017. She received her BA in Public Health from UC Berkeley.



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Marilyn P. Wong, MD, MPH

project coordinator

Dr. Wong received her MD from UC San Francisco and an MPH from Johns Hopkins where she also completed her residency in Preventive Medicine.  She served as a Community Health Commissioner in the City of Berkeley (2013-2017) and retired from clinical practice in 2015. 

She had done research in Hepatitis B with Nobel Laureate Baruch Blumberg in the 1980′s in Philadelphia and had worked at Bay Area clinics including San Francisco General Hospital’s Refugee Clinic, Oakland’s Asian Health Services and San Francisco State University's Student Health Service.

Her current volunteer effort is in fostering community health interest among undergraduates and medical students in the San Francisco Bay Area. She founded the AAPI Health Research Group (AAPIHRG) at UC Berkeley in 2008, initiated the From Mothers to Mothers project in 2014, led an experimental course at UC Berkeley on "Traditional Postpartum Wisdom - Implications for Contemporary Postpartum Justice" in the Fall of 2018 and most recently organized the Postpartum Justice Summit at the Museum of the African Diaspora in April 2019.


Anna Grimaldo


Anna Grimaldo is currently a Senior at UC Berkeley graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology and a minor in English. as she was born in the Philippines and grew up in Idaho, Anna is especially interested in improving how science is communicated to the public and addressing the healthcare disparities in medically underserved areas. She is an aspiring physician and would like to work with rural communities to lessen the shortage of physicians in those areas. Besides returning to her hometown to serve the community, she also hopes to one day work with Doctors Without Borders to address international healthcare disparities. 

Anna is also involved in research on the folic acid production of probiotic bacteria, publications such as {m}aganda magazine and Morning Sign Out, and is a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholar. 

Dominique Fernandez


Dominique Fernandez, a native of Inglewood, CA, recently graduated from the UC Berkeley with her Bachelor's degree in Urban Studies. She is very passionate about people, cities, and how the two intersect. Her passion for maternal health and advocacy arose after watching The Business of Being Born, a documentary that explores the way the U.S. healthcare system capitalizes on childbirth. After watching the documentary, she felt that there was much more that could be done to help women have the birth experiences they desired while putting their needs and bodies first. As a woman, she believes that birth is a very sacred experience and it should be honored at all costs. As a doula in training, she hopes to be an advocate for women seeking to reclaim their bodies and birth experiences during such a vulnerable time. As one of the facilitators for the independent study course Traditional Postpartum Wisdom: Implications for Contemporary Postpartum Justice, her goal is to create a safe learning environment for students to have important but sometimes uncomfortable discussions about birth and the postpartum experience. Dominique is dedicated to global learning as a means for creating cultural understanding and internationalizing her outlook on life. In the near future, she hopes to travel internationally to learn more about birth work across different cultures. 

2019 Summer MPH Intern


Claudia Young

Summer MPH intern

Claudia Young, will be embarking on her last semester as a Public Health student at Touro University this fall. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, where she discovered the intersection between community engagement and research through ethnography and qualitative research. Currently, as an MPH student her emphasis is in community health, where she has chosen to enhance her passion for Black maternal health, Reproductive Justice for women of color in efforts to honor the womb and the scaredness of birth. In the near future, she hopes to become a Doula because she understands that there is a great need for maternal advocates and that holistic healing is powerful, especially when derived from ancestral tradition and practices.  This summer she will be interning with M2M to further address the current Black maternal health crisis in the United States by forging a new postpartum culture based on justice and traditional wisdom. In particular, she will be involved in organizing efforts to redefine and to build a new community of postpartum nourishment suppliers, amongst other projects.