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russia chavis, mpp
strategy & Partnerships DIRECTOR

Who I Am:

I am a native Californian - born and raised in Long Beach - and a public policy professional based in South Los Angeles. I am a certified trauma-informed yoga instructor and aim to weave the yogic philosophy of “do no harm” into the public policy process I believe that social movements must “change both people and institutions.” My mission is to help shape public policies that improve the economic, political, and social well-being of Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color (BIPOC) by amplifying their narratives and directing opportunities that reduce negative impacts on global health and climate.  


For the past decade, I testified before state legislatures on elections-related issues, implemented statewide automated voter registration systems, and secured partnerships with academic institutions to participate in community-facing civic engagement forums. 

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Why I’m Here:

Health and well-being is a revolving circle that begins and ends with civically engaged individuals and I center community voice so that communities of color can experience improved health outcomes.  

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