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Azibuike Akaba

Policy Associate

Azibuike Akaba is a Policy Associate overseeing the development and implementation of the public health and equity aspects of SB 375. He brings almost two decades of experience as an environmental consultant. He is currently a member of the Freight and Transport coalition and the Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative. Prior to joining RAMP, Azibuike served as a climate change policy analyst and a program coordinator for Health Care Without Harm where he developed a climate literacy curriculum for medical professionals to learn about the public health effects of climate change. His research interests include the public health impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations in the U.S. and he provides technical assistance for environmental justice communities nationwide and internationally. Azibuike is a graduate of the New College of California and he trained as a medical technologist at the Letterman Army Institute of Research.

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Joel Ervice

Associate Director

Joel Ervice is the Associate Director. In partnership with RAMP’s Director, Joel leads strategic plan development and implementation, and manages organizational growth; he also oversees RAMP’s financial management. Programmatically, he supports ongoing communications and state policy efforts and the work of the Environment Committee, including direct support to the Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative. Joel serves as Program Manager for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) grant, which designates RAMP as a Center of Excellence in Eliminating Disparities (CEED). Prior to joining RAMP, Joel was a public health media advocacy trainer for the Berkeley Media Studies Group and worked on child care and economic development policy for the National Economic Development and Law Center. After graduation from Whitman College, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador, South America.

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Brandon Kitagawa, MS

Policy Associate

Brandon Kitagawa, is a Policy Associate for RAMP. He leads RAMP’s Environment Committee and all state level policy efforts for RAMP and CAFA (Community Action to Fight Asthma), a network of asthma coalitions in California that shape local, regional, and state policies to reduce the environmental triggers of asthma for school-aged children. Prior to joining RAMP, Brandon was a Community Organizer in Sacramento, CA working with local communities on youth development, neighborhood safety, and affordable housing. Between his undergraduate and graduate degrees, Brandon served as a Peace Corps Volunteer assisting environmental education, monitoring, and protection efforts of a marine reserve in Belize, Central America. Brandon is a graduate of Santa Clara University and received his MS degree from UC Davis.

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Anne Kelsey Lamb, MPH

Director

Anne Kelsey Lamb is the Director of RAMP. Serving as the Director since 2002, Anne provides overall strategic guidance in working toward the organization’s vision and mission, ensuring a highly effective organization and innovative, successful programs. With a strong interest in both chronic illness and social inequities, she leads all components of the organization’s efforts to reduce the burden of asthma including: technical assistance to community-based asthma coalitions; the provision of a clearinghouse of information on asthma;, convening groups to facilitate networks and capacity-building; and creating change through policy advocacy. Under Anne’s guidance and direction, RAMP has evolved as an organization, significantly expanding its breadth, scope, and size. In 2007, RAMP was awarded a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control to become a Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities and she is the Principal Investigator on this project to reduce asthma disparities among African Americans and Latinos in the Bay Area. Previously, she was a Health Educator at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA. Other previous professional affiliations  include: the National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Genetics Program, and the Prevention Center of Boston. Anne is a graduate of Bowdoin College and received a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

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