Staff & Board

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Meet Our Staff

Our small but mighty staff brings decades of combined experience to serve the needs of over one million young families, nearly 3,000 California WIC employees, and their many advocates and partners.

Karen Farley, RDN, IBCLC

Karen Farley, RDN, IBCLC

Executive Director

kfarley@calwic.org

Karen is a recognized state expert on breastfeeding policy issues and reform of nutrition and breastfeeding care for chronic disease prevention and improved determinants of family health. Advocating for innovative ways for WIC to integrate with public health and the community is a focus of her work. Karen values the partnership of diverse local, state and national organizations in CWA’s work to more strategically address the complexities of current issues.

Sara Diaz, BFA, CLEC

Sara Diaz, BFA, CLEC

Media & Policy Coordinator

sdiaz@calwic.org

Sarah coordinates state legislative and administrative advocacy and leads WIC Ambassadors in their state and national efforts to educate policymakers about WIC operations and impacts. She edits the Flash e-news and WIC Watch magazine and manages CWA’s social media presence, coordinating with news media when the opportunity arises. Sarah also participates in cooperative efforts with partner organizations to support California families and children.

Lena Workman, CLEC

Lena Workman, CLEC

Deputy Director

lworkman@calwic.org

Lena provides grant and contract administration and oversees fiscal and human resources operations. She interfaces with the Board and state staff, and provides support for MCAH Action. Lena also provides critical support for CWA’s educational events. She is the lead for the WIC Leadership Academy, mentoring support and California Nutrition Corps scholarships.

Vanessa Garcia

Vanessa Garcia

Administrative Coordinator

vgarcia@calwic.org

 Vanessa provides support to the daily and fiscal operations of the organization. She communications with our members and MCAH Action, assists in event and meeting logistics, and supports our grant-funded projects. She helps maintain our website and supports our CNC Scholarship Program.

Jenniffer Duran-West MEd, IBCLC

Jenniffer Duran-West MEd, IBCLC

Program Manager

jduranwest@calwic.org

Jenniffer coordinates our training curriculum including our annual conference, webinar series, fall education day, and professional development opportunities. She manages our worksite wellness program, is our primary lactation representative, and works on our grant funded projects.

Meet our Board of Directors

CWA’s all-volunteer Board is comprised of staff from California WIC local agencies.