Prevention Institute is excited to introduce our new staff members. Each of these individuals brings unique skills and experience that will collectively reinforce PI’s commitment to achieving healthy, equitable, and just communities. More information about them is below.
Our new staff members include:
Shabana Ali, Program Assistant
- Shabana supports projects related to mental health, wellbeing, and the COVID-19 pandemic. She joins us from CSU East Bay, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health. She is based in our Oakland office.
Madison Do Linh, Program Assistant
- Maddy supports our policy and advocacy efforts and works on other projects in our healthy and equitable communities portfolio. She also assists Executive Director Rachel Davis and the PI Board of Directors. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is based in our Oakland office.
Nzinga Khalid, Program Manager
- Nzinga supports our work on violence prevention, suicide prevention, mental health, and community engagement. She joins PI after working for the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, where she was responsible for managing programs aimed at the prevention of mental health disorders and substance abuse. She will be based in our Houston office.
Vince Leus, Program Coordinator
- Vince supports our policy and advocacy efforts from our office in Los Angeles, CA. He joins us with a background in organizing residents in Los Angeles’s Koreatown, Chinatown, and East Hollywood neighborhoods to fight for equitable development at City Planning Department hearings.
Xavier Lofton, Program Coordinator
- Xavier supports our safety and racial justice work from our Oakland office. He joins PI from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, where he focused on chronic disease and violence prevention.
Niat Tekle, Senior Research Assistant
- Niat provides research, analysis, and direct support for the Communities of Care initiative. She also supports our impact and metrics team. Niat joins PI while continuing her studies of Epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. She will graduate with a Master of Public Health degree in May 2021.