Jelissa Parham is a program manager at Blue Shield of California Foundation. In this position, she is responsible for executing the Foundation’s overall grantmaking and managing the implementation of multiple initiatives and programmatic efforts.
Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked extensively in public health direct-service and at various nonprofits. As a program manager at Native American Health Center in Oakland, she oversaw a school-based health center, supported clinical staff, managed grant proposals, and conducted health education classes for youth. Previously, as the director of tobacco prevention and control services at Breathe California Golden Gate, she wrote and managed a broad portfolio of grants, coordinated and facilitated smoking cessation classes in the community, and led policy development for tobacco-free pharmacies. Earlier in her career, Jelissa taught English in Madrid, Spain and also helped to develop and organize mobile medical clinics in Ecuador.
In her free time, she enjoys planning her next trip and dreaming about how she will fill up her next passport.
Jelissa holds a B.A. in English from UC Santa Barbara and an M.P.H. from University of Southern California.