10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Richmond Civic Center
440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA, 94804

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Using an equity framework, participants in this highly interactive workshop will learn how to build and sustain effective partnerships and coalitions. To register, click here.

Mariana Moore, serves as Director of the Ensuring Opportunity Campaign to End Poverty in Contra Costa, a cross-sector initiative that engages local elected officials, social sector organizations, businesses, labor, local government, faith-based, academia and the philanthropic sector in a collective effort to eliminate poverty in our community. Before joining Ensuring Opportunity, Mariana served as director of the Human Services Alliance of Contra Costa, a coalition of community-based organizations that work in partnership with local government to meet the needs of low-income residents.

She also served as a consultant for many years, providing strategic counsel, facilitation, organizational development, executive coaching and capacity-building services to social sector organizations and coalitions throughout the Bay Area. Her experience includes serving as an executive director, development director and board member for numerous organizations in the social sector and higher education. She is past chair of the Diablo Valley College Foundation board and currently serves as board chair for LeaderSpring, a leadership training institute for social sector changemakers.




Maria Lopez, born and raised in Ecuador, immigrated to the United States in the 1990s to pursue a B.S. in Biology and later a M.S. in Chinese medicine. She has crafted a career guided by her passion to address social disparities. With 18 years of experience working on equity and equitable policy, she is a seasoned organizer, facilitator, health care practitioner, advocate, coalition builder and a firm believer in the power of people coming together to address complex social problems.

As a health care practitioner, Maria spent over ten years serving uninsured and underinsured populations. She is also a former health educator, having served in faculty and curriculum development roles for community health workers and Chinese medicine students. Maria spent several years deeply involved with Affordable Care Act outreach, education and enrollment, and legislative work in the state of New Mexico. She spent the past three years working on place-based health equity initiatives in the Bay Area, where she supported collaborative groups in planning and implementing campaigns around issues of health access, education, economic opportunity, and housing. Maria recently relocated back to New Mexico to join FairVote, a non-profit organization that seeks to make democracy fair, functional, and more representative.