Project Director, California Youth Advocacy Network
In tobacco control for 17 years, she is an expert on college tobacco-free policy, youth and young adult advocacy, and tobacco industry sponsorship issues and has successfully coordinated systemwide policy initiatives in California. Ms. Homer Vagadori also provides technical assistance and training to local, state, and national organizations on issues such as youth engagement in local advocacy, tobacco and the environment, emerging tobacco products, campus-based cessation services, and tobacco industry targeting of youth and young adults.
College Program Coordinator (Policy Advocacy and Adoption)
Katie Moose has served as the College Program Coordinator at the California Youth Advocacy Network since 2015. Prior to assuming that role, Katie served as a Program Consultant for the California Tobacco Control Program, an Evaluation Consultant for the Tobacco Control Evaluation Center, and as a local program evaluator. Katie has experience in tobacco control evaluation, advocacy, and policy adoption, implementation, and enforcement at the local and state level. Katie has a Masters of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.
College Program Coordinator (Enforcement and Compliance)
A California native, published author and youth advocate for health justice, Sal brings unique knowledge in the spectrum of community-based engagement. Sal is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and has worked in New York City with the This Free Life campaign, which helps LGBT young adults live tobacco-free, by providing outreach education on issues such as tobacco’s culture of poverty and the industry targeting of young adults.
Pegah has great experience working in the non-profit healthcare sector where her roles have included working with diverse communities on health issues at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Northern California, and grassroots organizing and assisting with the planning and implementation of California State Lobby Days for the American Cancer Society. Prior to her role at CYAN, Pegah worked nationally in Washington, DC where she continued her role in cancer advocacy for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Her alma mater include California State University, Sacramento where she earned her undergraduate degree in Government and International Relations and Georgetown University where she earned a Certificate in International Affairs. She is currently a graduate student pursuing her MPH degree from University of California, Berkeley.
Military Program Coordinator
Marcelina Marquez is the Program Coordinator for CYAN's military program, Project UNIFORM. She earned her Master's in Social Work from the University of Southern California, specializing in military and Veteran populations. Marcelina has worked in a variety of settings with active duty military, their families, and veterans; she is very passionate about being an advocate for these populations and bringing awareness to the social justice issues surrounding military tobacco use.