Meet Our Team
A graduate and former Student Body President of California State University Long Beach, Christy Zamani has served as Day One Executive Director since 2007. Christy brings over 15 years of hands on experience in public policy, community health and youth leadership development to Day One. A Pasadena resident, Christy also is a Board Member for Leadership Pasadena and a member of Vision 20/20, City Conversations and the Asset Development Network.
Director of Tobacco Programs
Alisha is a graduate of Los Angeles Valley College with an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and hopes to return to school in Spring 2020 to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy. She brings over 20 years of public health experience in both the non-profit and public sector. She has well over a decade of experience with community organizing in the tobacco control and prevention policy arena. She served as Chair of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free LA County from June 2007-June 2009, and Chair of the Pasadena Tobacco Prevention Coalition from May 2016-May 2018, further building upon her leadership skills. She enjoys working with communities towards healthier policies that seek to change the social norms around tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. While she’s not on the ground working towards tobacco prevention policies she enjoys writing and performing music, cooking, dancing, and spending time with her family.
Director of Environmental Prevention Strategies
Claudia is a former Youth Advocate (2006 - 2008) who graduated from John Marshall in 2008. She attended UC Davis (2008- 2012) and received her B.A. in History with minor in Political Science. She worked as a Legal Assistant from 2012- 2014 but left that field in search of more fulfilling ventures. A Pasadena native with deep roots to her community, Claudia is committed to creating long lasting change. She especially enjoys working with youth and using her own experiences to empower students and make a difference.
Prevention Programs Director
Nancy graduated from UC Irvine were she earned her B.A. in Sociology. She has worked as a tutor, mentor, academic and behavioral coach with the Americorp organization, City Year before joining the Day One team. She is passionate about creating healthier communities and advocating for public health initiatives that create a more equitable society.
Jazmin Jimenez is a former Youth Advocate and a 2011 graduate from Blair High School. She is a UCLA Alumni, with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Chicano/Chicana Studies. Jazmin has been involved in a range of local youth programs, and enjoys playing all types of sports such as soccer, volleyball, softball etc. She aims to bring about positive change in low-income communities by empowering under-represented people. Her ultimate goal is to create a non-profit organization, located on a ranch, where she can use her skill sets and passion to help people reach their full potential.
Director of Environmental Justice & Community Inclusion
Nenetzin is the Project Director for environmental programs and projects at Day One. She grew up in Rancho Cucamonga. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a Minor in Music. She holds a Master's in Public Administration from California State University, Los Angeles. She is AmeriCorps alumni in City Year and CSU STEM VISTA. She is a former Congressional Fellow for Congressman Jimmy Gomez of CA 34th District and a Research Assistant for Cal State LA's Political Science Department. Her passion for public policy, social justice, and education led her to join the Day One team in 2017. Since then she has worked on various projects in substance abuse prevention, environmental policy, active transportation and sustainability. Nenetzin enjoys listening to all genres of music from around the world. If she isn’t playing with her cat Frankie, she is either biking to her local farmer’s market, reading maps, baking yummy desserts or sipping coffee at a café with her best friend Jenny. Her most prideful accomplishment is being the first female from both sides of her family to receive her Master's.
Colin grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University. Following college, he lived in Prague and San Francisco where he experienced what it means to live in a walkable city with good public transportation. After returning to Los Angeles, he bought a bicycle and his transformation into an active transportation advocate began. Initially a volunteer for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), he became a full time staff member of LACBC in 2008, where he worked for 11 years; first on a grant-funded project in Glendale and then as Education Director. He’s a certified League Cycling Instructor (LCI) and has coordinated multiple LCI training seminars through the League of American Bicyclists. He moved to Pasadena in 2015 with his partner, Jennie, and their three cats. Colin is a Steering Committee member for the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition, through which he connected with Day One. He’s excited to support Safe Routes to School programming in Pasadena and feels lucky to be working within his own community. When he’s not riding his bike or taking walks with Jennie, he enjoys cooking, gardening, visiting with friends and neighbors, and listening to music or podcasts.
Environmental Prevention Coordinator
Daniel is a former Day One Youth Advocate and graduate of John Marshall High School (Class of 2010) in Pasadena. Currently a student at California State University Los Angeles, Daniel has been with Day One since 2008. He appreciates the opportunity to learn from Day One's amazing team every time he comes to the office. In particular, he has enjoyed improving his public speaking skills, understanding of local government, and connections with community members and leaders. Daniel's long term goal is to teach computer programming and coding to under served youth.
Environmental Prevention Coordinator
Marcos grew up in North East Los Angeles and attended LAUSD schools. After completing high school he moved to Pomona to study Civil Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona. After two years he discovered his love for active transportation and placemaking and decided to major in Urban and Regional Planning with a minor in Regenerative Studies. During his last year of undergrad, he interned with Day One Pomona and became the Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator. He loves the intersection of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention, and City Planning Policy. When Marcos isn’t working, he represents the City of Pomona in the Board of Vehicle Parking District Commission as well as an advocate for safer streets and active transportation. On his downtime he cycles all over the SGV and IE as well as enjoys playing video games. He’s a proud Pomonan although he was raised in Los Angeles.
Healthy Communities Health Educator
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences with a focus on Public Health Promotion. Carly discovered Day One through an internship course her senior year at California State University, Northridge. She developed her passion for teaching health through nutrition education and obesity prevention as an intern. She joined the Healthy Communities team in 2018 around the time she graduated from CSUN with her BS. As a resident of the San Gabriel Valley for over 10 years, she is proud to impact youth in her local communities. During her time at Day One over the last two years, she assisted with organizing and promoting a 5k/10k, as well as outreaching to Pasadena residents and businesses about street safety for cyclists and pedestrians as a Project Coordinator with two grants funded by the City of Pasadena. As a Health Educator with the Healthy Communities Initiative in both Pasadena and El Monte, she has conducted over 150 nutrition classes, 200 food demonstrations for students and families, and has assisted with over two dozen physical activity classes. She launched the first vegetable community garden in El Monte in collaboration with SBCC ThriveLA, and organized a five day healthy eating and fitness challenge called "Fight for Five" in collaboration with the American Cancer Society. Her and the HCI team successfully launched their own "#FeelGood" campaign in March 2019 for National Nutrition Month which included RethinkYourDrink education and pop-up obstacle courses to promote fun, physical activity for students of all ages across the San Gabriel Valley.Her passions include educating youth on healthy habits and working to create safe and equitable communities. She hopes to help break the stigma around food related health disparities.
Project Manager Jennifer Jimenez Gomez was raised in the city of Pasadena and attended Pasadena Unified School District schools. She is the Project Manager for environmental programs and projects at Day One. She is bilingual, and a native Spanish speaker. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Jennifer is a Day One Youth Advocate alumni and has been consistently involved with Day One for over 11 years. She began working at Day One as an Outreach Coordinator for the Advanced Energy Community project in the Bassett and Avocado Heights area. She also served as the Bicycle Outreach Coordinator and has over 2 years of experience working with Champions for Change/CalFresh programs as a Health Educator in El Monte. Jennifer has supervised the implementation of approximately 150 nutrition classes, started the installation of the first community garden at the Jeff Seymour Family Center, and coordinated various walking audits with Youth Advocates from El Monte Unified School District. Jennifer is a very active person whom you will find running at the Rosebowl or along the Arroyo Seco trails every early morning. She loves traveling to Mexico to be with her family, eat delicious food, horseback ride under the sunset, and dance in her cowboy boots. If she isn't being active, you can find her sipping coffee with her best friend Nenetzin at a cafe. She is a unique individual that strives to be a Champion in her own personal life by maintaining wellness and inspiring others to start up a healthier lifestyle.
Alex De Vries
Community Engagement Coordinator
Starting out as a volunteer, Alex began his first assignment helping Day One during ArtNight Pasadena. It was there that he realized how instrumental art-related events and programs could be in fulfilling Day One’s goal of engaging, empowering, and improving the quality of life of the communities they serve. As a graduate from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Alex has volunteered, interned, and worked at a variety of museums and hopes to bring his knowledge and experience in arts and culture to Day One. When he is not working, Alex finds himself watching music videos, attempting to exercise, or planning his next vacation!
Domonic graduated from Rio Hondo College with an AA in both Sociology and English. He then transferred to California State University, Long Beach and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. Since then, Domonic has joined the Day One team as the Tobacco Prevention Community Engagement Coordinator where he is helping various communities around Southern California by way of research and community involvement. When Domonic is not busy working on closing the gap of disparities in public health, he enjoys eating a good vegan meal and playing tons of video games!
Jerry De Vries
After earning a bachelor’s degree in Public Health Policy and a minor in Medical Anthropology from UC Irvine, Jerry sought to put into practice what he learned in the classroom, which brought him to Day One. Jerry’s education in public health and anthropology has supplied him with the ability and knowledge to examine natural and social determinants of health that affect various communities and populations. Additionally, his studies have helped him with understanding the way health issues and illnesses are prevented and treated cross-culturally. As Project Coordinator, Jerry is responsible for facilitating and implementing policy campaign activities focused on reducing tobacco-related health disparities. Outside of the office, Jerry enjoys going to music shows, watching scary movies, and traveling.
Alfredo began working in his community at the age of 16 when he served in his city's Pomona Youth Commission in his hometown of Pomona and as a student leader in his high school's ASB. Still under the legal age to vote, he worked hard to register young people to vote and become engaged in the decision-making process. In college he was an editor for his college newspaper, participated in speech & debate, served as the Finance Senator and Inter-Club Council Vice Chair and represented Region 8 as the Policy and Advocacy Senator at the Student Senate for California Community Colleges. He received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science in 2012 from Loyola Marymount University and is currently studying at the University of California, Riverside, where he is pursuing a Master's in Public Policy. Alfredo has been with Day One since January 2014, and has led projects in nutrition education, physical activity, sustainability, active transportation, substance abuse prevention, improving parks and many other community engagement efforts. He currently leads the Safe, Clean Water Program for the Upper San Gabriel River Watershed, as well as several special projects. Alfredo brings passion, enthusiasm and a strong understanding of local, state and national politics to his role at Day One. His goals are to amplify youth voice, improve health and transportation policies across the State and to make Pomona a better place to live.