Committed to advancing the health of all Americans, Elena’s been a leader in APHA, locally and nationally, since the late 1980s.
She’s the President/CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, Vice President of the Southern California Public Health Association (SCPHA), APHA Governing Councilor, APHA Awards Committee-member, Past Chair of the APHA Caucus Collaborative, Past Co-Chair of the APHA Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section’s (CHPPD) Social Determinants of Health Workgroup, and member of the California Health Interview Survey’s Multicultural Technical Assistance Committee. She’s also Director of Public Policy and Public Affairs at Ong & Associates. She works with the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies analyzing “The Future of Asian America and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander America in 2040” and worked with UC Berkeley Professor Reich analyzing the impact of the minimum wage for the Los Angeles Mayor and City Council.
Committed to “People-in-All-Policies,” Elena’s served as the Governor’s appointed First Vice Chair to the California Commission for Women, Rob Reiner’s appointee to the California Children & Families Commission’s TA Advisory Board, on the Los Angeles County Commission for Women’s Public Policy Committee, and President of the Los Angeles Women’s Appointment Collaboration. Elena served on several presidential campaigns.
A builder of strategic alliances, Elena was Co-Founder of The Women’s Town Hall, Secretary of the SCPHA Health Information Section, elected officer of the APHA Health Administration Section, Executive Board Officer of the Bay Area Asian Health Alliance, President-Elect of Chicanos in Health Education, Co-Founder of the Raza Health Education Network, and three-time Chair of the KRON-TV/Hop Jok Fair.
Elena studied Advertising at Music & Art, and Social Welfare at UC Berkeley; earned her BSN/PHN from UC San Francisco, and her Masters in Health Policy & Management from the Harvard School of Public Health while cross-enrolled at the Kennedy School of Government. She was a CORO Executive Fellow.
Elena’s received numerous awards, including Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald’s Community Service Award, California Commission for Women’s Service Recognition Award, APIAVote’s Recognition of her Presidential Inaugural Committee’s National Day of Service leadership, CHPPD’s “Social Determinants of Health” Leadership Award, and the LAC/DHS Director’s Finalist Award.