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.
Jelissa brings extensive public health direct-service and nonprofit experience to this role. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a program manager at Native American Health Center in Oakland where 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.
Jelissa holds a B.A. in English from UC Santa Barbara and an M.P.H. from University of Southern California.