Karuna Jaggar 2015Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

Karuna Jaggar joined Breast Cancer Action (BCAction) as Executive Director in early 2011. Karuna brings a lifelong commitment to social justice and a strong background in nonprofit management and growth.

Under her leadership, Breast Cancer Action has grown in size and reach. Building on the strong legacy of BCAction’s founders and past leaders, BCAction is today a leading source of independent information about breast cancer through one-of-a-kind educational materials, internationally acclaimed webinars, and a strong grassroots Community Leaders program. Today BCAction is a national leader in the anti-fracking movement and has grown its Think Before You Pink® campaigns, including the 2014 campaign challenging Susan G. Komen and Baker Hughes’ pink drill bits “for the cure” which was featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Karuna’s vision helped guide BCAction’s adoption of a bold new strategic plan in 2014 that made health justice central to the organization’s mission. Karuna serves on the Breast Cancer Research Council of the California Breast Cancer Research Project, helping guide the funding strategy and direct grants to breast cancer research that is innovative, collaborative and responsive to the needs of women living with and at risk of the disease.

Karuna strives to bring an inclusive leadership style to Breast Cancer Action, valuing a diversity of voices and experiences as well as making space for people to bring their unique talents to the organization. Throughout her 15-year career in nonprofit leadership, Karuna’s work has focused on women’s rights and on eliminating socio-economic inequities. Karuna began her career working with women’s microenterprises internationally and in the U.S., providing self-employment and business training, funding and support for low-income women. Prior to joining BCAction, Karuna was Executive Director at the Women’s Initiative for Self Employment. Karuna has served on the Board of the California Association of Microenterprise Opportunity (CAMEO) where she chaired the Policy Committee.

Karuna holds a Master’s degree in Economic Geography from UC Berkeley, with a special emphasis on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and received her BA in Philosophy from Smith College. Karuna is an alumna of the Women’s Policy Institute, a program of the Women’s Foundation of California. Karuna is an unapologetic patient advocate for loved ones who have undergone treatment for breast cancer. She is the parent of two daughters and aunt to two nieces, all between the ages of 7 and 10.


Joyce Bichler, Deputy Director

Joyce works closely with the Executive Director in support of the program, administrative, finance, and human resource functions of Breast Cancer Action.  A cancer survivor and lifelong activist, Joyce brings to BCAction strong leadership skills and an extensive background in cancer support and not-for-profit management. She is the author of Joyce Bichler: DES Daughter, which details her cancer experience and how she stood up to the pharmaceutical industry. Joyce received her MSW from the University of Michigan.

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Caitlin-Carmody-2015Caitlin Carmody, Communications Manager

Caitlin works closely with the program, development, and communications teams to keep BCAction members up to speed on breast cancer news and action and manages BCAction’s social media, newsletter, e-alerts, and blog. Caitlin loves BCAction’s members and encourages you to get in touch, especially if you’d like to write for BCAction’s blog or newsletter. Caitlin believes strongly in the power of grassroots activism to achieve social change, and loves BCAction for its unapologetic advocacy on behalf of women at risk of and living with breast cancer. Caitlin holds a B.A. in Political Science from Grinnell College. Before coming to Breast Cancer Action, she worked at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Zoe Christopher 2015Zoe Christopher, Resource Liaison & Office Manager

Zoë wears many hats: As BCAction’s Resource Liaison, she connects those seeking information and assistance with the resources they’re looking for regarding detection, treatment, and prevention of breast cancer, as well as BCAction’s environmental and health equity work. As a member of the extended program team, she works to strengthen our local campaign presence and manages our Volunteer Program. She also coordinates all aspects of our working environment. Zoë holds a Masters Degree in transpersonal psychology, and after 15 years working in the trenches of crisis intervention and support, today, when she’s not serving as a mentor for underserved youth, she can be found meandering the streets with a camera, cooking dinner with friends, or practicing joy as a member of a community dance group.


Alyssa Figueroa 2015Alyssa Figueroa, Campaigns Coordinator

Alyssa is part of the program team and works on developing and implementing Breast Cancer Action’s campaigns, including its award-winning Think Before You Pink® campaign. She also works on expanding and engaging BCAction’s national membership. Alyssa comes to BCAction as a long-time social justice advocate and independent journalist, including most recently as Activism Editor at Alternet. She deeply respects BCAction’s fearless work in addressing the root causes of breast cancer and demanding health justice for all women. Alyssa believes it’s crucial to build a grassroots movement that pushes for an end to pinkwashing and calls for real action that puts people before profit.

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Moorea GainesMoorea Gaines, Development Associate

Moorea is grateful to continue her experience in non-profit fundraising within our women’s health social justice organization. At the International School of the Peninsula, she was engaged in community-building and cohesion within development. She draws on this experience to build a network of volunteers who drum up support for BCAction’s work. Her focus is building our Workplace Giving and Car Donation programs.

Moorea studied the enormous scope and urgency of structural challenges faced by women while earning her BA in Social Anthropology and French at UCLA. She is completing her MA in Anthropology at San Francisco State University, where she further hones her intuition for challenging the status quo.

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lopa-palLopa Pal, Development Manager

Lopa manages Breast Cancer Action’s fundraising activities, ensuring that the organization has the resources it needs to fulfill its mission. Prior to BCAction, Lopa spent 10 years as Donor Relations Officer at Greenbelt Alliance. She brings to the BCAction team a love of advocating for environmental justice and building sincere and long-term relationships. Working closely with the Executive Director, Lopa oversees the organization’s fundraising appeals, events, and donor database. She manages third party events and house parties nationwide as well as Don’t Pink For Me, BCAction peer to peer fundraising platform. If you want to host a house party or start a Don’t Pink For Me page please don’t hesitate to contact her! Lopa received her BA from UC Santa Cruz and her MA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Art History.

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leslie-riddle-smallLeslie Riddle, Program Officer

Leslie works on developing BCAction’s educational resources and on the organization’s breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment priority area. She brings a long-time commitment to health justice and patient advocacy to Breast Cancer Action. Previously, Leslie worked for a feminist women’s health collective providing direct patient services and outreach education. She is an advocate for accessible, inclusive health systems that empower people to be partners in their care. Leslie holds a Master of Public Health degree in Global Health with a concentration in sexual and reproductive health from Emory University and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Earlham College. Her graduate research focused on social determinants of health, including barriers to treatment for low-income women with breast and cervical cancer.