About Us

The California Children’s Trust is committed to working together to reinvent our state’s approach to children’s social, emotional, and developmental health. We are a statewide initiative that seeks to improve child well-being through policy and systems reform.

The success of the California Children’s Trust depends on active cross-sector collaborations and collective action among advocates, public systems, parents, providers, philanthropy, and elected officials.

Sign up now to join the Coalition Partners and Individuals listed below in their support of the California Children’s Trust.

We also invite you to learn more about the Team leading the work.


Alex Briscoe, Principal

Alex Briscoe was appointed director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency in 2009 where he led one of the state’s largest public health systems, overseeing health and hospital systems, public health, behavioral health, and environmental health departments with an annual budget of $700 million and 6,200 FTE contracted and civil service staff. Before joining the county, he was the director of the Chappell Hayes Health Center at McClymonds High School in West Oakland, a satellite outpatient center of Children’s Hospital and Research Center. Mr. Briscoe’s work has helped design the nexus of public health and public education. He has designed and administered a number of mental health and physical health programs and services in child serving systems, including home visiting programs, programs for medically fragile children, and clinical and development programs in child welfare, juvenile justice, and early childhood settings. Mr. Briscoe has served on the Alameda County First Five Commission, The Alameda Alliance, and The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and The Uninsured, as well as a number of other public and private boards and commissions. Mr. Briscoe is a mental health practitioner specializing in adolescent services and youth development. He has advised or collaborated with a number of local and national foundations including The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The California Endowment, and most recently with Tipping Point Community. He has specialized in Medicaid policy and administration, emergency medical services, youth voice and crisis counseling, and safety net design and administration. Email Alex

Barbara Staggers, Senior Advisor, Adolescent Health Strategies

Barbara Staggers, MD, MPH is a nationally recognized authority on the medical, psychosocial and psychobiological needs of adolescents. Dr. Staggers runs the outreach and training cores of the Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. In 2005, Dr. Staggers unveiled a school-based health clinic at McClymonds High School in west Oakland. In 2002, Dr. Staggers co-founded the Faces for the Future internship program to inspire and support minority students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. She earned a bachelors degree from UC Berkeley, a Master in Public Health from UC Berkeley, and a medical degree from UCSF. Dr. Staggers completed her pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland and an adolescent medicine fellowship at UCSF. From UC Berkeley she has received the Peter E. Haas Public Service Award (2004), the School of Public Health Alumna of the Year (2006), and the Regional Public Health Hero Award (2008). Dr. Staggers was appointed to the Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation in 2004 and served as chair from December 2012 to December 2014.

Rhea W. Boyd, Director of Strategy and Equity

Rhea W. Boyd, MD, MPH is a pediatrician and child and community health advocate. She works clinically at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and serves as the Chief Medical Officer of San Diego 211. She teaches students and trainees about the relationship between structural inequality, poverty, racism and health and is active in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), serving on the board of California Chapter 1, and as a member of the AAP’s national Executive Committee on Communications and Media. Over the past 5 years, Dr. Boyd helped organize a group of public health officials, clinicians, community advocates, and funders to evaluate and address the impact of harmful police practices and policies on child and public health. She also worked with a San Francisco-based tech non-profit to increase access to social services across the Bay Area as a means to improving child and community health. Dr. Boyd is the author of the blog Rhea.MD (rheamd.wordpress.com), where she critically engages the intersections of health and justice. Dr. Boyd earned an M.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at University of California, San Francisco, where she participated in the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved Program. In 2017, Dr. Boyd graduated from the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Minority Health Policy Fellowship at Harvard University’s School of Public Health where she received an M.P.H. Email Rhea

Macheo Payne, Director of Community Engagement

Macheo Payne, Ed.D., is a social worker and educator with over 25 years experience working in Oakland and the Bay Area. Dr. Payne is an experienced organizational leader, most notably as the executive director of the Oakland Freedom Schools (including Sweeney Freedom Schools) for nine years as well as a senior director at Lincoln Families for 10 years. He has also been a professor on the faculty of the MSW department at CSUEB for seven years. Dr. Payne’s passion and expertise is in designing systems change that supports culture and identity of families, taking into account the environment, context and other social determinants of health, wealth and opportunity. The strongest expertise Dr. Payne brings is examining and redesigning school climate and discipline to eliminate racial disparity and achievement gaps. With a strong mental health background, Dr. Payne integrates knowledge of social emotional growth and development with Critical Race Theory to address institutional bias and work-force bias. Dr. Payne has provided hundreds of trainings locally and nationally on topics related to education, engaging families, trauma, racial bias, as well as presenting the effectiveness of Freedom Schools which boasts two years gain in reading level on average across Freedom Schools nationally, in just six weeks. Dr. Payne has experience in designing initiatives, programs and efforts that are risky, challenging and slow to change. He connects with educational leaders, teachers, clinicians/counselors, and researchers, having experience in all of those roles. Email Macheo

Jevon Wilkes, Director of Youth Engagement

For nearly 15 years, Jevon Wilkes has dedicated his career to the non-profit sector, focusing on disconnect, runaway and homeless youth. Jevon’s passion for serving youth comes from his lived experience with homelessness, the foster care system, and being a disconnected youth himself. Positive adult role models and mentors were crucial to Jevon’s many successes and accomplishments that opened the door to his role as Executive Director with the California Coalition for Youth (CCY) in 2018. Before joining CCY, at the age of 16, Jevon used his voice and homeless experience to advocate for youth and secure much-needed funding, programs and supports at the state level. Today Jevon serves as an appointed member of the California ChildWelfare Council, California Department of Health Care Services Behavioral Health Stakeholder Advisory Committee & Proposition 64 Advisory Group. His appointments stem from his passion for addressing the needs of youth experiencing homelessness and youth service providers aligned with making youth homelessness rare, short-lived, and nonrecurring. Jevon feels a calling to utilize his education, talents, passion, and lived experiences to serve as an example of what is possible for youth when they receive support and leadership opportunities. Email Jevon

Aimee Sueko Eng, Director, Strategy and Education Partnerships

Aimee Sueko Eng is an education leader and public servant with over 15 years of experience in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors focused on children, youth and families. Aimee works to ensure philanthropy can strategically leverage resources to improve systems and services for our community’s most vulnerable populations. From 2011 to 2018, Aimee was a Program Officer, Senior Program Officer and Vice President of Programs at the Thomas J. Long Foundation where she led a $90 million grantmaking program and developed and launched over ten multi-million dollar initiatives and private-public partnerships.  Aimee is also in her seventh year serving as an elected School Board Director representing District 2 on the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education. She was elected by her peers to serve as Board President in 2018, and again in 2019, to lead the Board at a time when the district faced multiple fiscal and performance challenges. Aimee holds a B.A. in American Studies from Wesleyan University and a M.A. in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies from Stanford University. Email Aimee

Reed Connell, Director, External Affairs

In nearly 20 years working in foster care, mental health, housing, and special education settings, Reed Connell has developed a sophisticated knowledge of children’s policy development at all levels of government. For the past several years, Reed has worked with statewide and national coalitions to design, pass, and implement a range of important children’s legislation, including AB12, California’s implementation of the federal Fostering Connections to Success Act. From 2009 to 2013, Reed served as the Executive Director of the Alameda County Foster Youth Alliance, an effective and highly visible local advocacy agency. In 2014, Reed co-founded Social Change Partners, LLC to support the effectiveness of California nonprofits and government agencies that seek to support our state’s most vulnerable children and families. Reed has worked with advocates, providers, and coalitions throughout the state on issues related to local control and flexible financing, the impacts of Realignment and Health Care Reform on child and adolescent mental health systems, and the development of accountability infrastructure. Reed holds an MSW degree from UC Berkeley with a concentration in Management and Planning. Email Reed

Claudia Page, Director, Safety Net and Innovation

Claudia Page has more than two decades of experience in public health and social safety net benefits and systems, with an emphasis on policy and technology to improve access for underserved individuals. She launched and led a national non-profit organization, now called Alluma, overseeing development and implementation of technology-enabled enrollment solutions in the public sector (e.g. Medicaid, SNAP, WIC). She worked closely with California counties and the state to improve and integrate IT systems and address policy and financing barriers. She has worked at the federal level with CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT at HHS, has experience in consumer usability of online health marketplaces and was a senior program officer in Health IT at the California Health Care Foundation.

Coalition Partners*

Individual Supporters*

  • Ali Acevedo
  • Jay Adams
  • Daniela Aghadjanian
  • Juline Aguilar
  • Olafemi Akintunde
  • Bonnie Anderson
  • Joy Anderson
  • Joyce Anderson
  • Tomas Aragon
  • Sarah Arnquist
  • Jorge Arroyo
  • Joe Austin
  • Melissa Austin
  • Sandena Bader
  • Ed Baisley
  • Lizzie Banks
  • Kathy Bargar-Viarengo
  • Timothy Barker
  • Alecia Barillas
  • Peggy Bassett
  • Nena Bauman
  • Allison Becwar
  • Aaron Benton
  • Renzo Bernales
  • Stacy Berrest
  • Jill Berrick
  • Jess Berthold
  • Bonnie Blumenthal
  • Michele Borges
  • Alex Boskovich
  • Diana Boyer
  • C. Bridges
  • Heather Briscoe, MD
  • Kristen Brown
  • Mildred Browne
  • Carla Bryant
  • Manuel Buenrostro
  • Shelley Bull
  • Janis Burger
  • Maureen Burness
  • Y’Anad Burrell‏
  • William Burrough
  • Robert Byrd
  • Dede C.
  • Adriana Caballero
  • Melanie Callen
  • Katy Carlsen, MD
  • Joy Ceasar
  • Kendra Chaikind
  • Aaron Chang
  • Amber Childress
  • Laurel Coates
  • Maureen Coleman
  • Benjamin Cone
  • Susan Connolly
  • Carson Cook
  • Sarah Culver
  • Ashlyn Dadkhah
  • Gina Danner
  • Carla Denner
  • Gabriel Devlin
  • Jen Dietrich
  • Meghan Dinh
  • Clement Donahue, MD
  • Diane Dooley, MD
  • Kate Dove
  • Martha Duarte
  • Cecilia Echeverria
  • Steve Eckert
  • Holly Edds
  • Erin English
  • Kimberly Erlich
  • Larissa Estes
  • Susannah Faulkner
  • Gwen Foster
  • Tammy Frates
  • Christine Frey
  • Tim Fulenwider
  • Michael Gallagher
  • Portia Gardner
  • Larry Gayden
  • Rox Glassman
  • Liliana Gonzalez
  • Christine Graham
  • Sharon Greenstein
  • Lupe Grimaldi
  • Daniela Guarnizo
  • Kira Gunther
  • Jason Haley
  • Joy Hatchel
  • Scout Hebinck
  • Holly Henry
  • Janet Hung
  • Susan Irby
  • Sasha Jackson
  • Yolanda Jammer
  • Erika Jewell
  • Wendy Jewett
  • Margaret Jones
  • Hope Kamer
  • Laurie Kappe
  • Jenny Kattlove
  • Scott Kennelly
  • Erica Kesel
  • Hayin Kimner
  • Frances King
  • Glenda Kith
  • Suanne Kowal-Connelly
  • Lisa Krekler
  • Beth Kuenstler
  • Dawn Kurtz
  • Deena Lahn
  • Amanda Lanceplaine
  • Carol Langlois
  • Lael Lambert
  • Tracy Leonard
  • Lisa Linder
  • Jessica Little
  • Gerold Loenicker
  • Jennifer Logue
  • Jewel Love
  • Bertram Lubin
  • Charles Maas
  • Adonai Mack
  • Mavis Major
  • David Malone
  • Katrina Manrique
  • Shawn Mansager
  • Bucket Manyweather
  • Christopher Marics
  • Jay Marquand
  • Roya Mason
  • Alex Mays
  • Mary Ann McCuistion
  • Alma McKenry
  • Kelley Meade, MD
  • Reid Meadows
  • Elizabeth Mercado
  • Jasmine Mikami
  • Amie Miller
  • Kimberly Moffatt-Bazile
  • Abigail Palmer Molina
  • Kaitlyn Motley
  • Jake Moy
  • Ellen Murphy
  • Anna Naify
  • Rosemary Napoleon
  • E. Beth Nelsen
  • Sam Neustadt
  • Corey Newhouse
  • Daniel Offer
  • Polo Ortiz
  • Jessica Owens
  • Ryan Padrez
  • Michael Payne
  • Roslyn Payne
  • Lyn Farr Peuler
  • Tracy Piper
  • Gina Plate
  • Suzie Polla
  • Cathy Pope
  • Paul Pryde
  • Julie Quater
  • Colleen Reilly
  • Virginia Reynolds
  • Marc Anthony Robinson
  • Dr. Tyree Robinson
  • Sarah Rock
  • Virginia Rondero Hernandez
  • Rebecca Ross
  • Gloria Ruiz
  • Christine Schudel
  • Jason Sevier
  • Sharon Shadwell
  • Valerie Shapiro
  • Shah Sharmil
  • Tony Shavers
  • Hoda Shawky
  • Amanda Simon
  • Amber Skrumbis
  • Liz Smith
  • Dawnel Sonntag
  • Jay Spaulding
  • Jennifer Spiegler
  • Noemi Spinazzi, MD
  • Elizabeth Sterba
  • Alice Stroud
  • Angie Sutherland
  • Jesse Tamplen
  • Khatera Tamplen
  • Tara Taupier
  • Melanie Tervalon
  • Pam VandeKamp
  • Kimiko Vang
  • Courtney Venegas
  • Karen Vicari
  • Alan Vietze
  • Peg Lewis Walden
  • Raelene Walker
  • Kwajo Opoku Ware
  • Judy Webber
  • Steve Weiss
  • Jack Westfall
  • Amy Whittle, MD
  • Jevon Wilkes
  • Michael Williams
  • Selena Wilson
  • Jackie Thu-Huong Wong
  • Kristin Wright
  • Eileen Yamada
  • Shelton Yip
  • Coleen Young
  • Charles Zellerbach
  • Gina Zietlow

* By joining the California Children’s Trust, the Coalition Partners and Individuals have given permission to include them or their organization publicly as a “Member of the California Children’s Trust Coalition.” The Trust agrees not to represent any individual or organization as supporting any particular policy position or proposal, platform, or recommendation without first obtaining advanced written authorization.