Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute 2018
Dr. Yessica Diaz Roman has been fully engaged in promoting diversity, inclusion, and health equity within the San Diego community, since relocating to this area after completing her doctorate in public health from Columbia University. Dr. Diaz Roman served on the board of directors for MANA de San Diego, and Imperial Beach Health Center, and was a 2016-17 RISE Urban Leadership Fellow. Her current leadership roles include serving as Chair for MANA de San Diego’s Health Committee, board member for Columbia University’s Alumni Association of San Diego, and contributing to STEAM-related initiatives as founder of the STEAM Global Network. Yessica is a faculty member at Southwestern College. She is the eldest of four and a first-generation college student. Originally from New York City, Yessica is passionate about the arts and increasing access to higher education and STEAM careers for women of color. In addition to her doctorate in sociomedical sciences from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, she has joint master degree’s in public health and social work from the University of Michigan.