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Ana I. Bonilla

Ana I. Bonilla

Program Officer

Ana I. Bonilla joined the Irvine Foundation as a Program Officer in November 2022. Ana’s career has been rooted in advancing equity and social justice, amplifying community voices, championing racial justice, and advancing policy and systems change to improve health outcomes in historically and disproportionately impacted communities. Before joining Irvine, Ana served as the Health Equity and Justice Manager at the Public Health Alliance of Southern California. There she supported 10 local health departments to advance their local and regional health equity and racial justice priorities through tailored technical assistance, capacity building support and developing training curricula.  

Prior to the Public Health Alliance, Ana served as the first state and local policy lead for Enterprise Community Partners’ Pacific Northwest Office where she helped strengthen their local community alliances, organized support with local and state elected leaders and leveraged their national resources to support local policy change efforts. Ana also created the organization’s first annual legislative priorities platform with an explicit focus on racial equity and a multi-sectoral approach to affordable housing, including equitable development, and economic, social and racial justice priorities. She also served on their national, cross-site committee supporting the Enterprise’s internal and programmatic DEI and racial equity goals.  

Ana also has cultivated an expertise around the intersection of land use and community health outcomes. Her work with Prevention Institute supported the advancement of their Healthy, Equitable, Active Land Use Network where she contributed foundational research around healthy development without displacement. Prior to that she also served on the team that supported the launch of The California Endowment’s 10-year Building Health Communities Initiative in Long Beach. 

Ana is a lifelong Angeleno, born in East LA and raised in the City of Long Beach. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental College and a Master of Public Health and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA.