Karen Ben-Moshe

I am a native New Yorker who has called the Bay Area home for over six years. As a life-long feminist, my commitment to social justice began with a passion for promoting reproductive rights. As an undergraduate at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), I was active in the school community, including organizing Take Back the Night events attended by 100s of students. In courses like “Jewish Feminist Ethics” and as a Sunday school teacher for fourth-graders I came to understand how my Jewish upbringing compelled me to create a career where I could put the idea of tikkun olam into practice through advocacy, policy, and service. This led me to jobs at Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (New York), the National Women’s Health Network (Washington, DC), and Planned Parenthood Federation of America (New York, NY). I worked on a fundraising team, researched individual health inquiries, and developed educational materials.
A commitment to creating a world where men, women, and children can live healthier lives led me to UC Berkeley where I graduated, in 2010, with Masters Degrees in Public Health (Health and Social Behavior) and Public Policy. While at Berkeley, I was able to use my organizational skills as Graduate Student Coordinator for the UC Berkeley Center for Health Leadership which involved coordinating events and spearheading the Center’s social media activities and web presence. My commitment to health and justice issues has included work at Bay Area organizations including La Clinica de la Raza, Children Now, and the Alameda County Department of Public Health. Much of this work focused on how to support equitable economic development, particularly local policies that create well-paid, health-supporting employment. Currently I work for the California Department of Public Health as the Health in All Policies Project Coordinator, a project focused on developing healthy, sustainable California communities. My work as Project Coordinator is broad and includes event logistics, research and analysis, and grant writing. I spend a lot of time thinking about how communities can promote diverse communities filled with bicycling, local corner stores filled with healthy food, and safe streets.
In 2008, I had the opportunity to work as a phone bank manager for Obama for America, overseeing and managing the volunteer staff working at the North Berkeley phone bank. At UC Berkeley, I was a Center for Health Leadership Student Board Member serving on the Board operations committee organizing trainings, retreats and other board development activities. I also served on the Mini-Grants committee and helped develop a grant proposal for small projects (<$1,000) impacting the School of Public Health or greater Bay Area community, select grant recipients, and monitor the progress of grant awardees. Board membership also included participating in strategic planning and priority setting during the inaugural year of this new group.