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Jodi Kurata 
Executive Director

Jodi serves as ACHSA’s Executive Director. Prior to this position, Jodi served as both the Child Welfare Policy Director and the Mental Health Policy Director for twelve years. Jodi came to ACHSA from Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS), where she was a staff attorney supervising an advocacy program to address grievances of youth detained in Los Angeles County juvenile halls. At MHAS, Jodi represented children with mental and developmental disabilities and advocated on behalf of her clients in special education IEP meetings, mediations, and administrative hearings. Before MHAS, Jodi worked for the Senior Law Project at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach in San Francisco, and for the Children’s Rights Project at Public Counsel Law Center in Los Angeles, managing legal clinics for at-risk students at high schools and community centers. Jodi obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Hastings College of Law at the University of California. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

 

 

 

 

Sylvia Guan
Child Welfare Policy Director

Sylvia serves as ACHSA’s Child Welfare Policy Director. Sylvia graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her Master of Science degree in Social Policy and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She previously worked as ACHSA’s Mental Health Policy Assistant. Prior to their work at ACHSA, Sylvia was a Princeton in Asia Teaching Fellow and served as an International Tutor at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) in Tai Po, Hong Kong. She has also interned at the Center for American Progress (CAP) and for former California State Senator Josh Newman, roles in which Sylvia worked to address education inequity for students of color and those facing housing insecurity.

 

 

 

 

 

Danielle Delany
Mental Health Policy Director

Danielle serves as ACHSA’s Mental Health Policy Director. Danielle graduated from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) where she received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology. She previously served as the Education and Events Committee Chair for UCR Science to Policy and was a Science to Policy Fellow in Congressman Mark Takano’s district office. Additionally, she was the UCR Graduation Student Association Legislative Advocacy Officer and Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan Officer. She also worked in education as a preschool teacher, after school care instructor, and behavior therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniela Vega
Child Welfare Policy Assistant

Daniela Vega serves as ACHSA’s Child Welfare Policy Assistant. Daniela graduated from Whittier College in 2019 with a double Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Spanish and a minor in Latinx Studies. Before joining ACHSA, Daniela worked as an Operations Coordinator for KIPP Ignite Academy, bridging the communication gap with families in South L.A. In her spare time, Daniela enjoys reading and experimenting with new recipes.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Hernandez
Mental Health Policy Assistant

Eric serves as ACHSA’s Mental Health Policy Assistant. Eric graduated from the University of California, Irvine, where he received his Master of Public Policy degree. He previously served as the Legislative Director of the Associated Graduate Students at the University of California, Irvine. Additionally, he has worked as a District Representative for the Mandate Democracy Foundation, an initiative to advocate for a more participatory, technology-enabled democracy. Eric also has prior experience interning for the City of Santa Ana, where his responsibilities included legislative analysis and census strategy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Smith
Executive Assistant

Emma serves as ACHSA’s Executive Assistant. Emma is a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Education. Emma has previous experience as an executive assistant, and has worked in education both as an ESL teacher and a tutor to youth with academic challenges.