Marj Plumb
Interim Executive Director

Marj Plumb has been a non-profit consultant, executive coach, and trainer since 1999, specializing in public policy and policy advocacy, community engaged research and evaluation, strategic planning, and organizational and leadership development. Prior to starting a consulting practice, Marj served for over twenty-five years in senior management positions with a variety of non-profit organizations working on health, mental health and substance abuse, economic justice, environmental justice, education, LGBT rights, violence prevention, and social justice/civil rights. Marj consulted with the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) for over ten years, providing training in community-based participatory research for community and scientific partners and facilitated CBCRP’s Special Research Initiatives planning innovative research on the environmental causes of breast cancer and the causes of breast cancer disparities. Marj worked with Child Health and Development Studies (CHDS) for six years which is a15,000 multi-generational family cohort study committed to investigating how health and disease are passed on between generations–not just by genes, but also through social, personal, and environmental surroundings to create an advisory board of cohort members to help guide research studies and communicate research findings to the rest of the cohort and the general public. Additionally, Marj was the lead consultant to the California Breast and Gynecological Cancer Treatment Task Force that was instrumental in securing a $20+ million annual allocation from the State of California for breast and cervical cancer treatment for low-income uninsured women, including undocumented women. 

Marj has a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Francisco, and a doctorate in public health from the University of California, Berkeley.  Marj lives with spouse Tracy Weitz in Omaha, Nebraska with their Labrador, Jackson, and a household of roommates in a very, very old house featured in Omaha Home Magazine.

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Jayla Burton
Program Officer

Jayla is a graduate student at the University of San Francisco pursuing dual Masters Degrees in Public Health and Behavioral Health Science. She has a passion for reducing health disparities, promoting social justice, and advocating for best practices in healthcare. She has worked in Global Health, Women’s Health, Behavioral Health, and Harm Reduction. She admires Breast Cancer Action’s drive to identify the root causes of breast cancer. As the Program Officer, Jayla will work with Breast Cancer Action to execute the Think Before You Pink® (TB4UP) campaign and all other national campaigns. Jayla will also facilitate engagement year-round promoting policy and advocacy educational campaigns. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and learning about different cultures’ dance styles and techniques. She is originally from Ohio, but enjoys the Bay Area and all it has to offer. 

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Zoe Christopher
Resource Liaison & Office Manager

Zoë wears several 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. She has special interest in BCAction’s environmental and health equity work. As a member of the extended program team, she works to strengthen our local campaign presence. She also coordinates our working environment. Zoë holds a Masters degree in psychology and spent 20 years working in the trenches of crisis intervention and support. Outside of work, she is a writer and poet and can often be found meandering the streets with her camera or cooking dinner with friends.

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Lopa 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 BCAction  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’s 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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Rebecca Saltzman
Deputy Director

Rebecca has spent the past two decades as a policy advocate, coalition builder, grassroots organizer, and manager with local, state, and national issue-based organizations. She’s also managed, worked on, and advised several local candidate campaigns, various public transit ballot measures, and a statewide initiative. Before joining Breast Cancer Action, Rebecca served as the Interim Executive Director of the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), the non-partisan political action arm of California’s environmental movement. Prior to taking on this role, she managed CLCV Education Fund’s Green California program, a network of more than one hundred organizations with a common environmental, health, and justice agenda, working collaboratively to speak to the California legislature with one voice. Rebecca is an elected member of the BART Board of Directors, representing District 3 in the East Bay.

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Heather Stone
Development & Communications Associate

Heather supports Breast Cancer Action’s donor database, fundraising, member communication, and event facilitation. Previously she worked with a non-profit that provides unbiased scientific information to government, industry, and academic organizations regarding chemical use in consumer products. That work included the impact of highly fluorinated chemicals (PFAS), flame retardants, and antimicrobials on women’s risk for breast cancer.

Heather has a BA in Sociology from Mills College. Her undergraduate thesis addressed women’s reproductive health justice in marginalized and minority communities. Before gaining her BA, she worked in the Philippines with several NGOs advocating for health rights for at-risk women and children. In her position with BCAction, she combines her decades of experience in corporate marketing, communication, event planning, and data management to support our advocacy for women living with or at risk of breast cancer. In her free time she loves gardening, making art and adventuring with her children.

 

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BREAST CANCER ACTION INTERNS – Summer, 2020

 

Sophie Catherine Dixon
Think Before You Pink Intern

Sophie is a rising junior at Stanford University, majoring in Human Biology. She is also a D1 athlete on Stanford Women’s Rowing team. When she is not in school, she loves hiking, and spending time with her family and three dogs. Sophie is interested in health disparities and racial injustice in the healthcare field, so is excited to be working with BCAction.

 

 

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Emily Noronha
Communications Intern

Emily Noronha is an undergraduate student at UCLA, studying Human Biology and Society. She’s passionate about social inequities in healthcare, food distribution, and environmental justice. As Communications Intern, she’s excited to understand how BCAction conveys their honest mission through branding and raises awareness about health inequities. On the side, she is also starting a business with her friend, Offbeat Advising, to connect college students with high schoolers for peer mentorship. In her spare time, you can usually find Emily exploring the outdoors with friends, from hiking the tallest mountain in South Lake Tahoe to swimming in the icy Santa Cruz waters.

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Claire Schutz
Grassroots Organizing Intern

Claire Schutz is a rising senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Public Health and minoring in Public Policy. She was drawn to public health because of its focus on social justice and health sciences. More importantly, Claire chose her major with the goal of ultimately having a career that makes a difference in the lives of those too often marginalized in our healthcare system. For the last two years, she has been a volunteer and Undergraduate Student Instructor at the Suitcase Clinic, a student led humanitarian organization aimed at providing services for the unhoused population in Berkeley. This summer, she is also volunteering with Alameda County Healthcare for the Homeless, focusing on COVID-19. Claire is excited to be an intern with Breast Cancer Action, and hopes to further the mission of this worthy organization. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age and Claire knows first hand how important early detection, education, and access to quality treatment has on individual outcomes.