HAB45 staff, accountable to the Executive Committee, is the backbone agency of the collaborative and carries out the work and day-to-day operations.
Emily Warming, MPH, MSW | Director: Emily oversees the programs, funding, budget, collaborative partnerships, and operations of HAB45. Before joining HAB45, she was a Program Coordinator on the Health Reform Team at Prevention Institute. She has a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from the University of California, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Program and Masters of Social Welfare (MSW) with a specialty in Management & Planning also from the University of California, Berkeley. During graduate school, Emily held internships at Prevention Institute on the Nutrition & Physical Activity Team and at the San Francisco Department of Public Health in the Maternal & Child Health Section. Prior to graduate school she served as a social worker at a community health center in Omaha, NE, a community educator and civil rights paralegal on the U.S.-Mexico border, and a teacher’s assistant at a bilingual Elementary school in Omaha. She received her Bachelor of Arts with majors in English Literature and Justice & Peace Studies at Creighton University in Omaha.
Tonya Love | Program Associate: Tonya assists in the implementation of HAB45 programs and provides administrative support to the collaborative. She has been instrumental in implementing HAB45’s Pledge the Practice, Pass the Policy initiative. Specializing in active play for young children, Tonya helped develop HAB45’s Movement & Play sample policy and is currently engaged in a community project to map and assess parks in East Contra Costa County. In addition to her work with HAB45, Tonya coordinates a health ministry at Memorial Tabernacle Church, which emphasizes a whole health approach towards preventing chronic disease. She is also an active member of several health and community-based organizations including California Black Women’s Health Project, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and the Alameda County Public Health Commission. She authors the blog Love, Health and Advocacy and consults with Bay Area non-profits on using social media tools to increase participation in programs and advocacy campaigns. Tonya received her Bachelor’s in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and is a recent graduate of Urban Habitat’s Boards & Commissions Leadership Institute.
Elsbeth Sites | Program Assistant: Elsbeth is responsible for research, documentation of projects, editing, and general administrative support at HAB45. She generates content for the HAB45 website and maintains general communications. Before joining HAB45, she received her bachelor’s in Biology from UCLA and wrote for Total Wellness Magazine, where she enjoyed elucidating health and nutrition research for a general audience. She helped to examine the relationship between sugar intake, exercise, and endothelial function at the Exercise & Metabolism Disease Research Lab in Los Angeles. As an active member of Students for Outreach, Promotion, and Education (SCOPE) while in college, she enjoyed teaching lessons in nutrition and public health at local elementary schools. Elsbeth is a staff writer for Science and Food at UCLA where she enjoys explaining the scientific concepts responsible for everyday food phenomena.