Erica Juhn - Co-Director of Research & Evaluation
Erica joined SSG in 2014 as a Research Analyst and currently co-leads the team as Co-Director of Research & Evaluation. Her experience includes program evaluation and organizational capacity-building for programs and social justice projects in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and beyond. For the past 5 years, she has been part of the Asian and Pacific Islander Technical Assistance Provider team, providing technical assistance and support for Phase II community grantees of the California Department of Public Health’s California Reducing Disparities Project. Erica has nearly 20 years of experience working with Los Angeles-based nonprofits and previously worked with the Korean immigrant community on language access and as a health educator. Her research interests include community health education and health equity, with a focus on older adults. Erica holds a Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Sciences and a Master’s degree in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Email: ejuhn at ssg.org
Jesse Damon - Co-Director of Research & Evaluation
Jesse joined SSG in 2014 and currently co-leads the team as Co-Director of Research & Evaluation. He manages a wide range of evaluation projects, and provides capacity-building expertise for organizations and community groups. Jesse has also implemented several different technical assistance projects for local community-based organizations, including the Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC). Currently, he is a technical assistance provider on the California Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity’s, California Reducing Disparities Project, which seeks to elevate community-defined practices in mental health programming from underrepresented and diverse communities across the state. Prior to SSG, Jesse worked as an administrator at the University of Texas at Austin, and was a field director for ‘Diabetes Care in American Samoa’ a National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded research project based in Tafuna, American Samoa. His public health interests are focused on structural inequalities, the impact of discrimination on health, and health equity, particularly with Pacific Islanders. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Email: jdamon at ssg.org
Susan Baik - Research Analyst
Susan joined SSG R&E in July 2019. She has a deep interest in developing community-informed policies that aim to address systemic inequality. She brings qualitative and quantitative research and survey design skills from her experiences at university research centers and nonprofits in Los Angeles. Her past research has focused on a wide range of policy issues including homelessness, immigration, criminal justice, and public education funding in Los Angeles. She holds a Master of Public Policy from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UC San Diego.
Email: sbaik at ssg.org
Tracy Moronatty - Research Analyst
Tracy joined SSG in 2015. As a Research Analyst, she leads evaluation and capacity building projects, bringing a community-grounded perspective to all her work. Prior to joining SSG, Tracy was a dedicated community volunteer and participant of First 5 LA’s place-based initiative, Best Start, in her hometown of El Monte. She participated in the initiative’s Community Based Action Research (CBAR) program, which SSG was implementing. Her growing interest in research led her to approach SSG staff to ask how she could learn more. She has assisted in projects such as the Migrant Education Needs Assessment for LA County. Following her interest in community-based participatory research and with great encouragement from our team. Tracy graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Public Relation option.
Email: tmoronatty at ssg.org
Jordan Moseley - Senior Research Analyst
Jordan is a native of South Los Angeles and came to SSG with a passion for conducting research and evaluation on projects that improve the health of her community. She graduated from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with an MPH in Maternal and Child health. Her interests in public health include and are not limited to health education for families, community health activism, improving black maternal & infant mortality, program implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. Jordan’s affinity for research comes from both academic and personal experience of being exposed to racial and systemic disparities in research and evaluation methods that utilize communities of color as subjects and not integral stakeholders in research projects. She believes in community participation in research to bring awareness to relevant issues for people of color and to better inform sustainable solutions to break down barriers to health equity.
Email: jmoseley at ssg.org
Noemi Rivera-Olmedo - Senior Research Analyst
Noemi joined SSG R&E in September 2020. She is a Los Angeles native and the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. Prior to SSG, Noemi worked with community organizations such as the Health Equity Network of the Americas and the California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, in which she organized bilingual community education workshops, webinars, and trainings for local and international communities. Noemi also has a strong background in conducting intersectional research. She has co-authored projects which focused on the impact of racism and discrimination on health, health behaviors of the Latinx community, and gendered experiences of mental illness. Noemi is passionate about advancing health equity through community-led and social justice-oriented efforts. She received a Master of Public Health from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with a focus on Community Health Sciences and a Bixby Certificate on Population and Reproductive Health in 2019. She also received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Smith College.
Email: nriveraolmedo at ssg.org