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Elva Yañez is a director of Prevention Institute, where she leads the health equity team. As a member of Prevention Institute’s senior leadership team, she contributes to the organization’s overall mission and functioning by ensuring that health equity is embedded in the organization’s core strategic directions, including Transforming our Health System and California Approach program areas. Over the past 20 years, Ms. Yañez has worked extensively on public policy initiatives emphasizing environmental approaches to prevention and health equity outcomes. Ms. Yañez began her public health career working on alcohol policy at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s Prevention Research Center and the Marin Institute for Alcohol and Other Drug Problems. As part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fighting Back Initiative, she was a leader in the precedent-setting land use policy campaign to address the over concentration of problem liquor stores in Oakland’s low-income African American and Latino neighborhoods. In the tobacco control arena, Ms. Yañez was senior associate director at Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. In addition to developing and managing critical policy database functions, she provided training and technical assistance services to help scores of communities throughout the United States enact smoke-free policies. At RWJF’s Smokeless States and Policy and Advocacy for Tobacco and Health (PATH) initiative, Ms. Yañez oversaw grantee activities and helped coalitions meld their equity approaches with tobacco policy efforts. More recently, Ms. Yañez has applied her policy advocacy-and-systems-change skill set to address park inequities, environmental impacts, land use and health disparities in Los Angeles’ low-income communities of color. She has led innovative park and health equity initiatives on behalf of environmental and environmental justice organizations including the Trust for Public Land, the Audubon Society and the Los Angeles Collaborative for Environmental Health and Justice. Prior to joining Prevention Institute in 2015, Ms. Yañez’s private consulting firm, Colibri Strategies, provided policy advocacy, strategic planning and communications services to nonprofit organizations, government agencies and foundations in the areas of public policy, urban parks, public health, land use and the built environment. Ms. Yañez served on Prevention Institute’s Board of Directors from 2007–14 and currently serves as a California State Park and Recreation commissioner, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown.