Our Team


Dan_highres.jpgDr. Brian Hui Director of Research & Evaluation:

Brian Hui has been with SSG for more than 11 years. Brian began at the Tongan Community Service Center, serving the Tongan community by overseeing the provision of services for basic needs, public benefits, immigration, healthcare navigation, cultural preservation, leadership development, and policy advocacy. Recently he has managed SSG’s SURV program and led SSG’s first ever ground-up housing development project, including the siting, project management, operations, community involvement, and organizational infrastructure. After completing his PhD in 2018, Brian is excited step back into research. Brian is passionate about the applications of research not only to community well-being but also to broader issues of social justice. His doctoral research focused on civic engagement, democratic theory, organizational management, and power. Brian brings a deep understanding of civic engagement theory and practice. He is a scholar activist who believes that research practice should be applied as an instrument for policy change and community transformation. 

 

Email: bhui@ssg.org
Phone: (213) 553-8459


Erica_J_highres.jpgErica Juhn – Senior Research Analyst:

Erica joined SSG in 2014. As a Senior 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.

Email: ejuhn@ssg.org
Phone: (213) 223-0618


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Jesse Damon - Senior Research Analyst:

Jesse joined SSG in 2014. As a Senior Research Analyst, he manages a wide range of evaluations, 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@ssg.org
Phone: (213) 553-9350


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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.

 

Email: rbravo@ssg.org
Phone: (213) 223-0615


Tracy_highres.jpgTracy MoronattyResearch Associate/Communication Coordinator:

Tracy joined SSG in 2015As 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.

Email: tmoronatty@ssg.org
Phone: (213) 223-0623