Dan Huynh – Research Analyst:
Phone: (213) 223-0621
Erica Juhn – Senior Research Analyst:
Erica joined SSG in 2014. As a Research Analyst, her specialties include program evaluation and organizational capacity-building for programs and social justice projects in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. At SSG, she worked with Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) to evaluate their 5-year National Giving Circle Campaign and is currently providing technical assistance and support for Phase II community grantees of the California Department of Public Health’s California Reducing Disparities Project. Erica has 15 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 health education and health equity, with a focus on older adults. A conversational Korean-speaker, Erica holds dual Master’s degrees, a Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences and a Master’s degree in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Phone: (213) 223-0618
Rebecca Ratzkin - Interim Director/Assistant Director of Research & Evaluation:
Rebecca Ratzkin joined SSG R&E in April 2017. As Assistant Director, she provides guidance to the overall SSG team around strategy and team development, and helps to manage a range of projects, such as the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) addressing mental health in the API communities. Rebecca comes to SSG with over ten years experience as a researcher, planner and evaluator in the nonprofit sector, helping organizations, foundations and government agencies better understand their constituencies and audiences, and build capacity around research and evaluation. Her interest and skills focus on bridging theory and practice, as well as empowering others to conduct and utilize research independent of “experts.” In her previous work as Senior Consultant at WolfBrown, she directed the Arts Research Collaborative (ARC) for the Hewlett Foundation Performing Arts Program from 2012 to 2015, providing technical and training assistance to over 44 Bay Area arts organizations, and has co-authored a number of reports on topics ranging from donor motivations and audience engagement, to cultural participation and intrinsic impact of the arts. Rebecca is also the Research Team Leader at Createquity, an arts research think tank, where she helps guide team members in reviewing and writing about research. Rebecca graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College with major in art history, and has a master’s in urban planning from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, where she studied economic clusters of arts organizations in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Phone: (213) 223-0623
Rene Vega - Research Analyst:
Rene has over ten years of experience in healthcare and HIV management, HIV advocacy and research. He obtained his Clinical Master in Social Work from Boston University and his Master's of Public Health from Claremont Graduate University. Prior to coming on board to SSG Rene was working for the LA LGBT Center in Los Angeles doing quality improvement work. He was also doing quality improvement consulting work for HRSA-Ryan White. Rene is a native Angelino and is a proud parent to his seven-year-old English bulldog named Kennedy. Rene did evaluation and policy work in Boston and in New York City and is excited to transition out of healthcare and back into evaluation.
Roberto Bravo - Research Analyst:
Roberto joined SSG R&E in December 2018. His areas of interest are in health policy research and program evaluation. An advocate of community-centered approaches to advance health and well-being, Roberto has worked on community needs assessments in the San Gabriel Valley region and developed a teen quality of life survey to assess teen health and well-being in the City of Rancho Cucamonga. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociocultural Anthropology from UC San Diego and a Master’s in Public Health from Claremont Graduate University. Roberto is a native Spanish speaker.
Phone: (213) 223-0615
Tracy Moronatty – Research Associate/Communication Coordinator:
Tracy joined SSG in 2015. As a Research Associate, she supports data entry, data collection efforts and trainings. 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 joined our team as an intern and 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.
Phone: (213) 223-0623