Jane Alvarado-Banister serves as Program Manager for California Project LEAN (CPL). Based in the Central Valley of California, Ms. Alvarado-Banister’s primary responsibility is to provide training and technical assistance to communities in the Central Valley and statewide working to advance policy, systems, and environmental change strategies that decrease access to sugary drinks and increase access to water, improve school meals and physical activity on school campuses and create healthier communities. Ms. Alvarado-Banister works with advocates who seek to implement policy change efforts; including parents, youth, educators, and public health staff.

Ms. Alvarado-Banister’s professional experience includes over thirteen years of working with rural and urban communities in the Central Valley of California utilizing policy, systems, and environmental change strategies. In partnership with communities, Ms. Alvarado-Banister has led powerful policy work resulting in healthier schools and community environments. Ms. Alvarado-Banister has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from California State University, Fresno; a national certification in Non-profit Leadership and Administration from the American Humanics Program; and most recently certification from the University of California, San Diego in lactation education. Her areas of expertise include local school wellness policies, coalition building, policy change, parent engagement, and youth development. Ms. Alvarado-Banister is Bi-lingual and Bi-cultural and works closely with Spanish-speaking communities to advance healthy policies in schools and communities.