Coalition National Office (Oakland)
Tomás A. Magaña, MD, MA, FAAP
Founder and Director
Dr. Tomás A. Magaña is a Latino physician, program director, educator and advocate dedicated to improving care and health outcomes for the state’s most vulnerable children.
Dr. Magaña is a Principal Investigator at the Public Health Institute (PHI) in Oakland, CA, where he serves as Founding Director of the FACES for the Future Coalition. Dr. Magaña co-founded and directed the original FACES program at Children’s Hospital in Oakland before moving operations of the program to PHI. Additionally, he is Founding Director of the FACES Summer Medical Academy. Dr. Magaña is a leading expert in the design and implementation of health workforce pipeline programs for youth. He is actively leading the efforts to disseminate the successful FACES model throughout the nation. Dr. Magaña’s work with youth has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, NBC Bay Area News and in People Magazine..[Read More]
Dr. Magaña is a board-certified pediatrician with expertise in the care of at-risk children and adolescents. He is a Lead Physician in the Department of School-Based Health Centers at La Clínica de La Raza, Inc. where he serves the complex medical needs of diverse youth from Alameda County. He is also Assistant Professor/Medical Director in the Masters Physician Assistant Department at Samuel Merritt University and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. Previously, Dr. Magaña was a member of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, where he served as Medical Director of Alameda County’s Juvenile Justice Center and attending physician at the Youth Uprising School-Based Health Center in East Oakland, CA.
Dr. Magaña is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has served on a number of regional and national advisory boards focusing on pediatric health issues, healthcare workforce development and cultural competency in medicine. Dr. Magaña received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, his Masters degree from U.C. Berkeley, and his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco where he was awarded the prestigious Gold-Headed Cane Award. He completed his pediatric residency at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland where he received the Kerry Spooner-Dean Memorial Award for community service. Other honors include the Regional Jefferson Award (Silver Medal), The California Wellness Foundation’s Champion of Health Professions Diversity Award, Univisión Television’s Medalla al Mérito, Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Local Hero Award and the Children’s Hospital Oakland Miracle Maker Award.
Dr. Magaña is a Commissioner of First 5 Alameda County and also serves on the board of directors of several non-profit agencies, including Seva Foundation, Safe Passages and MEDICC (Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba).
Dr. Magaña is a first generation college graduate, and has dedicated much of his life to serving underserved communities. He has a passion for programs that foster leadership, wellness and professional development for youth.
Brooke Briggance is the Deputy Director for the FACES for the Future Coalition at the Public Health Institute where she provides professional support for current FACES programs across California, oversees program development, program implementation and stakeholder engagement in new communities seeking a FACES program and manages special projects such as curriculum development and evaluation. She also provides administrative support for the Coalition including in the areas of development, management, and coordination of all summer programming.[Read More]
Brooke comes from a multi-sector background in health, direct impact programming for children, youth and families, and public education non-profit work. She began her career in healthcare in the Department of Neurology at SUNY Stony Brook in New York, and continued as Lead Administrator for a private practice in Neurology. She has experience in administrative leadership and public education advocacy and reform, and served as the Executive Director of the Alameda Education Foundation where she oversaw a nationally recognized public awareness campaign highlighting the impact of cuts to public education in California. She has worked as a consultant assisting in projects ranging from school district redesign, community engagement, best practices for non-profits and development strategy. She most recently served as the Program Manager for the FACES for the Future program at Children’s Hospital Oakland before moving with the FACES for the Future Coalition to its new home at Public Health Institute in 2011.
Brooke became passionate about cultural competency when she completed her undergraduate work at SUNY Stony Brook in World Religions, and her graduate work in World Religions and Systemic Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Originally from Michigan, she moved to California in 1999.
Jasmine Nakagawa-Wong, MBA
Jasmine Nakagawa-Wong is the Program Manager for the FACES for the Future Coalition. Previously, she served as Program Coordinator for the FACES Program at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, California. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Mills College, an MBA from the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business, and an Education Specialist teaching credential from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.[Read More]
Jasmine has volunteered and worked with underrepresented youth for over 15 years. She moved to California from her hometown of Kaneohe, Hawaii. She took the first step to merging her passion with her profession in 2009, when she left her position in the book publishing industry to spend a year traveling and volunteering with youth in the Bay Area, across the United States, as well as in Japan and Costa Rica. Upon her return, Jasmine joined the Teach for America national teacher corps in its effort to end educational inequity in the United States. She taught Special Education in the West Contra Costa Unified School District, differentiating instruction for students with a wide range of learning disabilities and psychosocial challenges.
Jasmine remains committed to building thriving communities by providing first-hand educational opportunities, wellness support, and job skills preparation to youth nationwide.
Angela Thai is the Program Coordinator for FACES for the Future Coalition at Public Health Institute. Her role provides support for various projects including alumni engagement outreach and also our summer programs.
She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in Public Health. Angela’s work experience includes community engagement and project management with hospitals such as Kaiser Permanente and UC San Diego Health.
After learning about health and educational disparities, she became eager and excited to give back to her Oakland community where she was born and raised. As a first-generation college student with refugee parents, she is very passionate about helping and engaging with at-risk youth. Angela also enjoys many different hobbies such as Spoken Word poetry, finding city views, and spending time with her family.
Program Assistant/Communications Specialist
Faye Saechao is the Program Assistant and Communications Specialist for the FACES for the Future Coalition. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she received her BS in Public and Environmental Health in 2011. She is a Bay Area native and is a proud second-generation Mien. With her background growing up in an underserved and low-resourced community, she hopes to bring her insight to FACES to inspire and to motivate the students in the program.
Faye has administrative support and coordinator experience in the mental health field. She previously worked for Crisis Support Services of Alameda County which is a non-profit organization that serves most of Northern California in suicide prevention.
In her spare time, she enjoys nature, photography, videography, yoga, design and traveling. For the past six years, she has run a small specialty cake business from home.
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Reatha Conn, MPH
Eric L. Waters, LCSW
Director, Center for Healthier Communities
Program Manager, Center for Healthier Communities, Youth Development
Program Coordinator, FACES for the Future San Diego – Hoover High School
Program Coordinator, FACES for the Future San Diego – Hoover High School
Program Coordinator, FACES for the Future San Diego – Crawford and Hoover High School
Program Coordinator, FACES for the Future San Diego – Crawford High School
Veronica Sanchez, MPH
Alexandra Forte, MSW
Mia Mendoza, LMSW