Sophia received her Bachelor's degree in Public Health from San Diego State University in 2015 and has worked in clinical research for the past few years. In the past, Sophia worked as an infectious disease clinical researcher on studies involving COVID-19, HIV, Influenza, and other communicable diseases. She recently transitioned into a new role at the County of San Diego as a Communicable Disease Investigator. She is currently pursuing her Master's of Public Health from the University of Nevada, Reno and is expected to graduate in 2023.
Yvonne received her Bachelor's in Social Work from San Diego State University in 2013 and a year later started working for San Diego County's Child Welfare Services (CWS). For five years, Yvonne has worked with families involved with CWS and provided case management services to those who were involved with both court mandated cases and voluntary non-court involved cases. She has also previously worked as an investigator for emergency response, and specialized in medically fragile cases, assessing the safety and risk of their homes, and connecting them with local services. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis in macro practice through Boston University's Online School of Social Work and is expected to graduate in 2023.
After volunteering with SPI during his fourth year as undergraduate student at SDSU studying Biology with minors in Interdisciplinary Studies and Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience, Jakob works part-time with SPI as a student assistant supporting a wide variety of projects. This fall, Jakob will embark on his journey as a Graduate Student at SDSU’s School of Public Health with an emphasis in Health Management and Policy. Outside of the Social Policy Institute, Jakob continues to work in the residence halls as an Assistant Coordinator for Programming.
Emily Tran (she/her/hers) is a second-generation Vietnamese-American to two refugee parents and is a part of the LGBTQ+ community. In 2013, she became certified as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) and found her passion in serving vulnerable populations in the community, specifically in providing care for senior citizens in the Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE). She is currently an undergraduate student at San Diego State University majoring in Gerontology and minoring in Asian Studies. As a result of her passion in the field of health and senior care, she is currently serving as the Chair of the Commission on Aging in Chula Vista and hopes to redefine what aging means by challenging people’s stereotypes about the process.