Staff

Kendra AllenKendra Allen

Program Associate

Kendra is responsible for supporting the Foundation’s grantmaking and capacity-building programs, and its communications strategy, including the Foundation’s social media presence.  She joined the Consumer Health Foundation (CHF) in 2014. Previously, she worked as the editor of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’ Daily WRAG publication. Kendra holds a B.A. in Journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia, P.A.

Temi F. Bennett, Esq.

Director of Policy and Communication

Temi is responsible for engaging local governments in the DC metropolitan region in approaches to develop and implement racially equitable policies that enable communities of color to thrive. She joined CHF in 2018. Prior to joining the Foundation, Temi was Legislative Counsel for two D.C. Councilmembers. At Council, Temi focused on Business and Economic Development, Racial Equity, and Economic Justice issues.

Temi currently serves as the Current Issues Chair on the National Public Policy Committee for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW100) and is the former Social Justice Chair of the Washington Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Additionally, Temi serves on the board of The MusicianShip, a non-profit organization that facilitates music lessons, experiences, and opportunities for the District’s at-risk youth.

Temi graduated magna cum laude from Virginia State University with a B.A. in English (2005), before receiving her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (2009). At Georgetown, Temi served as Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives. Temi has a passion for swimming, international travel, sci-fi fantasy novels, and Japanese manga.

Nia Nyamweya

Healing Justice Associate

Nia leads event planning for CHF convenings, explores opportunities for arts/healing/culture in foundation programs and supports the President and CEO with board governance. Previously, she has worked for the Institute for Policy Studies, Organizing Neighborhood Equity, the National Organization for Women and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. Nia holds a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Towson University. She is joyful when she is spending time with her family and friends, dancing, walking in forests and reading books in the warmth of the sun.

Ria Pugeda-croppedRia Pugeda

Senior Program Officer

Ria is responsible for the Foundation’s grantmaking and capacity-building programs and has been with the Foundation since 2011. She is a member of the Healthy Communities Working Group of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and represents the Foundation on the Steering Committees of the Washington AIDS Partnership, the Grantmakers Income Security Task Force and the Funders Concerned About AIDS’ Program Committee. Previously, she served as a program staff member at the Public Welfare Foundation with a focus on advocacy for health care reform and reproductive and sexual health issues. She also worked at the Eastern Office of the Tides Foundation and the Tides Center. Ria holds an A.B. in Political Science from the University of the Philippines.

Yanique Redwood

President and CEO

Yanique is responsible for the strategic, programmatic, financial and administrative operations of the Foundation. She joined the CHF team in 2012 as its second President and CEO. Prior to joining CHF, Yanique worked for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where she managed the health and mental health portfolio of grants and the evaluation of Evidence2Success. She also provided leadership for the Race, Class, and Culture Committee of the Evidence-Based Practice Team. Yanique also worked for the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and directed a community-based participatory research initiative in Atlanta funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health. In 2012, she was named a Terrance Keenan Institute Emerging Leader in Health Philanthropy by Grantmakers in Health and was elected to the Board of Directors of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in 2013.

Yanique has degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology (B.S.) and University of Michigan School of Public Health (Ph.D., M.P.H.). Throughout her training and career, she has focused on addressing the social determinants of health including racial equity. In her spare time, Yanique enjoys spending time with family, traveling (and preparing to travel), reading with her book club and Skyping with her nieces.

Nivo-croppedNivosoa Robjhon

Technology and Operations Manager

Nivosoa manages the Foundation’s information technology and operations. She also supports the Foundation’s President and is the staff liaison to its Board of Trustees.  Nivosoa joined CHF in 2006. She holds a degree in Hospitality Management from the Institut National du Tourisme et de d’Hotellerie of Madagascar. In her spare time, Nivosoa enjoys tasting ethnic foods at different restaurants in Virginia, scrapbooking and home decorating.