What is VIVA?
VIVA is a women-owned strategy consulting firm specializing in large-scale collective impact projects that improve the lives of children, families, and communities. We provide innovative, results-focused strategy, powerful coalition building, and smart communications services to public, non-profit, and philanthropic organizations.
In a time when technology and society are changing at breakneck speeds, organizations must adapt quickly, respond to challenges boldly, and pursue opportunities with economy and ingenuity. That is where we come in. VIVA lends a powerfully fresh perspective to strategic conversations. We think big without losing the details; we focus on impact and effectiveness without abandoning efficiency; we adapt to the circumstances at hand without compromising standards.
Christina is a skilled strategist and facilitator inspired by a core belief that human suffering is not inevitable, acceptable or just. Christina’s experience as a teacher, school counselor, and a program and evaluation director of an early childhood funder provided an excellent foundation for her later career as a strategic consultant. For the past ten years Christina has consulted with public agencies and nonprofit organizations on strategic ways to increase their impact. Christina’s current portfolio is primarily focused on California’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge and Birth-Through-Third initiatives. Christina has a School Counseling Credential, a Master of Arts degree in Education from CSU Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Hidden Talent: The Chicken Dance.
Favorite Word: Obstreperous.
I’m Inspired By: My Mom.
Super Power I’d Like To Have: Healing.
Nicole brings 20 years of experience in the public, non-profit and philanthropic sectors including facilitating strategic planning processes and organizational change, and providing strategic communications consultation and execution. Her strong leadership and communications skills, paired with her commitment to quality, have been essential for designing and implementing a diverse array of large-scale, high impact projects and initiatives. Nicole is known for being a visionary and strategic thinker, with an ability to grasp the complexities of multi-sector partnerships and to expertly facilitate diverse groups towards their shared vision. She has a Master of Arts degree in Education, with a focus on Group Dynamics & Leadership in Multi-Sector Partnerships and a Ph.D. in Education with a focus on Leadership in Community Collaboratives for Children from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Hidden Talent: I can milk a cow.
Favorite Word: Love.
I’m Inspired By: Leaders who consistently stand up for doing what is right no matter what.
Super Power I’d Like to Have: All of Wonder Woman’s super powers. Having super speed would be great and I would definitely like her bracelets, Lasso of Truth and the Tiara of Telepathy.
Phone: (650) 525-4306
Edwin is currently serving as the project manager for Fresno’s Birth-Through-Third Grade project and brings over 25 years of experience as an organizational development consultant and strategic planner within the public, non-profit and philanthropic sectors. He has a strong background in the education arena, having worked closely with the Superintendent of a large urban school district on the planning and implementation of an education reform plan. He also was the project manager for the planning and evaluation of multi-agency, multi-school district collaboration to implement the Federal Safe Schools-Healthy Students initiative. More recently, Edwin has worked as the Program and Evaluation Officer for First 5 Sonoma County and Director of Learning and Engagement with the county’s community action agency. He has a Bachelor or Arts degree in Organizational Development with a focus on Education Reform from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Edwin is bilingual English-Spanish.
Hidden Talent: Able to name the starting lineup, coaches, manager and announcers of the 1961 New York Yankees.
Favorite Word: Fuhgeddaboutit.
I’m Inspired By: Anyone who extends a kindness or support to others without any expectation of reward or even thanks.
Super Power I’d Like To Have: To be able to jam any cell phone or mobile device in my surroundings at will.
Phone: (650) 525-4305
Karina is a passionate team player with a strong commitment to research and evidence-based practices. Karina has always had an interest in the effectiveness of early childhood interventions. Prior to joining VIVA, she had worked as an assistant teacher at a preschool program and later as an early interventionist providing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapy to Autistic children ages 3-8. She currently supports a number of VIVA’s multi-partner projects. Karina was instrumental in compiling and communicating the results from the Kindergarten Student Entrance Profile in Fresno County. Current projects include the six-county Bay Area Regional Quality Rating and Improvement System and leading the mentorship of the Bay Area Region’s Race to the Top mentee counties. Karina has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and is proficient in Spanish.
Hidden Talent: When I find it, I will let you know!
Favorite Word: Onomatopoeia.
I’m Inspired By: My family.
Super Power I’d Like to Have: The ability to take pictures and record video with my eyes. Basically, I want to take the Google Glass and do away with the glasses part. I would also like to be able to send these “mind images and videos” to others.
Phone: (650) 525-4303
Peggy Chang is a Bay Area native with a long-standing desire to improve children’s health and educational outcomes. She is known for her dedication, organization and effective communication as well as for her wonderful team spirit. Prior to joining VIVA, Peggy has provided behavioral therapy to young children with autism and managed the insurance team at a busy physical therapy office. She spent time at a local non-profit where she aided in the creation and management of a volunteer program, developed training and marketing materials, supported high-level fundraising events, and was involved in the non-profit’s youth program. Peggy has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and French from the University of California at Davis.
Hidden Talent: Being super efficient and fast at airport security.
Favorite Word: Pantoufle (it means slipper in French and is fun to say).
I’m Inspired By: People who love and are passionate about what they do.
Super Power I’d Like to Have: Teleportation or the ability to tell when someone is lying.
Phone: (650) 517-6114
Katie is dedicated to promoting the development and welfare of our nation’s children. She has experience working in schools in the Bay Area and New York City, as well as in communications and policy development supporting improved outcomes for children, families, and communities. Katie’s passion for early childhood education began as a lead teacher and Teach for America corps member in a Head Start classroom in San Francisco. Most recently, Katie studied California’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) and suggested an improvement plan for the implementation of QRIS in programs across the state as part of her master’s degree. She has a Master of Arts in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies from Stanford University and a Bachelors of Science in Applied Psychology from New York University, as well as a Childhood Development Site Supervisor Permit for the state of California.
Hidden Talent: I can fall asleep anywhere.
Favorite Word: Peony (my favorite flower and it’s fun to say!)
I’m Inspired By: My sister.
Super Power I’d Like to Have: Teleportation, so I could travel around the world.
Phone: (650) 517-6232
Laura is a dynamic communicator who brings passion and a desire to make a difference to her work. Her experience spans marketing, communications, branding, and social media. Prior to working at VIVA, she managed marketing and communications for a national healthcare association and worked in client services at a leading branding and graphic design agency. Originally from North Carolina, she has also lived in Washington, DC, Paris, and rural Arkansas, where she taught high school English as a Teach For America corps member. She has a Master of Arts in Global Communications from the American University of Paris and a Bachelor of Arts in English and French from Lafayette College.
Hidden Talent: I have an internal GPS.
Favorite Word: Antidisestablishmentarianism. I learned how to spell it in the third grade and have never forgotten it.
I’m Inspired By: Selflessness.
Super Power I’d Like To Have: Teleportation.
Annalise is a well-rounded communicator who believes that stories are an effective way of conveying messages and ideas. She is a committed team player who is driven by innovative ideas and making positive community impact. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Annalise has extensive experience working in the non-profit arena including brand management, effective marketing strategies, social media strategy, and graphic design. In 2011 she spent the summer working at a Paraguayan immigration agency in Madrid, Spain, focusing on the effectiveness of institutional frameworks. Annalise has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Spanish from James Madison College at Michigan State University.
Hidden Talent: I can make incredibly delicious scones.
Favorite Word: Anaranjada. It means orange (the fruit) in Spanish.
I’m Inspired By: Breathtaking views.
Super Power I’d Like To Have: Fly! Traffic is such a bore.
Phone: (650) 517-6154
Zoe is thoughtful, dynamic, and dedicated to improving the lives of children and communities. Prior to joining VIVA, Zoe worked to bridge the opportunity gap for low-income students in an extended learning time program. Current VIVA projects include the San Francisco Bay Area Region and Santa Clara County Early Learning Race to the Top efforts, as well as Fresno County’s Birth Through Third Grade initiative. Zoe graduated from University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics.
Hidden Talent: Roller derby.
Favorite Word: Petrichor.
I’m Inspired By: My parents.
Super Power I’d Like To Have: I would like the ability to control the weather.
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Hidden Talent: Text.
Favorite Word: Text.
I’m Inspired By: Text.
Super Power I’d Like To Have: Text.
Phone: (650) 525-4301
With 5 years of experience in the non-profit industry, Zoila has a passion for working in environments that focus on changing the lives of families. She has been able to expand her breadth of administrative knowledge through the practice of managing operations, projects and data. Prior to joining VIVA, Zoila managed business services for an early intervention organization where support was provided for children with special needs ages birth to three. Zoila loves knowing that her efforts and skills will help VIVA team members execute their plans in helping shape the future of children and families.
Hidden Talent: I can create wood furniture
Favorite Word: Sirimiri
I’m Inspired By: My mom and dad
Super Power I’d Like To Have: I would abolish poverty