Staff

Marian Mulkey
Interim Executive Director
Marian Mulkey current serves as Interim Executive Director and Board Chair of Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP). Marian Mulkey is an independent consultant focused on strategic philanthropy and health policy. From 1999-2016 she held progressively responsible positions at the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) in roles that involved learning, evaluation, and impact assessment; support for California’s implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act; informing efforts to expand coverage and improve access to health care; and analysis of California’s uninsured population and health insurance markets. Early in her career Marian worked for Kaiser Permanente, in county and federal government agencies, and in academic settings.
Beth Abel
Director of Administration
Beth maintains ITUP business operations and systems by overseeing administration, human resources, and organization financials. She works directly with the Executive Director on organization policies and procedures and Board development and management. Prior to joining ITUP, Beth worked at a non-profit trade association for California tow truck companies where she collaborated with company owners to provide education and training for tow truck operators throughout the state. Beth received a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Kent State University with a concentration in Health Promotion and Education.
Emili Cossio
Director of Programs
Emili oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of ongoing ITUP programs and is responsible for planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program activities, including the regional workgroups and annual ITUP conference. Before joining the ITUP team, Emili spent nearly three years as Senior Program Coordinator at the California Primary Care Association providing support to California's community health centers. Emili has her bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Marissa Kraynak
Director of Policy
Marissa works closely with the Executive Director and policy team to develop and execute ITUP’s policy research, analysis, and communications. Before joining the ITUP team, Marissa was a research analyst with Educational Results Partnership. Marissa also served as a California Council on Science and Technology fellow in the California Assembly Health Committee. Marissa received a doctorate degree in Reproductive Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Drew University.
Sandra Hernandez
Senior Communications Coordinator
Sandra develops external messaging for ITUP by leading website design, social media content creation and the production of other communications materials. She also manages grants including tracking deliverables, progress reports, and writing proposals. Before joining the ITUP team, Sandra completed a bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of California, Davis. While completing her degree, Sandra interned at Kaiser Permanente, Public Affairs and at the California State Board of Education.
Shirley Lam
Senior Policy Project Coordinator
Shirley works closely with the Director of Policy, Executive Director and policy team to execute ITUP’s strategy for accomplishing short- and long-term policy and research goals. She contributes and supports ITUP policy priority projects through policy analysis and research, coordinating with staff and external audience to advance, and improve ITUP publications and programs, and assists with ITUP convenings. Before joining the ITUP team, Shirley received her master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy Leadership from the University of San Francisco—Sacramento campus and her bachelor 's degree in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology from the University of Washington—Seattle campus.
Chloe Breaker
Programs Coordinator
Chloe provides organizational support to the ITUP programs team and takes on project-based work. She works closely with the Director of Programs on ITUP's annual conference, regional workgroups, and other event programming. She also manages the organization’s calendar and schedules appointments on behalf of the Executive Director. Chloe currently holds bachelor degrees in both Spanish and Psychology from the University of California, Davis.
Mary Nguyen
Health Policy Analyst
Mary assists the policy team with research, writing, and editing ITUP's policy publications and content. Before joining the ITUP team, Mary interned at the Bipartisan Policy Center and worked on human health research at UCSD and Takeda San Diego. Mary has bachelor degrees in both Biology and Public Health from the University of California, San Diego.