As Vice President Public Policy and Special Initiatives, Eva Terrazas is responsible for leading and guiding Uplift Family Services statewide public policy platform. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Eva is also responsible for leading the agency in its racial equity and justice agenda ensuring that internal policies, practices, and procedures are viewed through an equity lens and furthers the organizational mission.
Prior to joining Uplift, Eva served in various government roles in higher education, and a Bay Area newspaper sharpening her skills in policy development, public affairs, executive leadership, advocacy, and community empowerment.
Eva served as Senior Policy Aide to San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer and a SCC Assemblymember advising on issues of redevelopment, parks and recreation, education, immigration, the arts, and special projects. Eva was pivotal in the successful passage of “Project Diversity,” a Mayor-led initiative ensuring communities of color were represented on City policy-making boards.
As Director of the Center for the Study of Journalism and Democracy at USC’s Annenberg School of Communications, she led the establishment of the Center and coordinated national conversations and conferences on the role of the media in a democracy.
In her current role, Eva created the office of Public Policy and strategically guides the development of regional policy and advocacy efforts. Policy priorities are centered around four key categories and ensures alignment in our Federal, State, and local policy efforts: Behavioral Health, Child Welfare, School-Based Mental Health, and Racial Equity and Justice. Eva partnered with the CA Alliance and Assemblymember Ramos to ensure passage of AB 2112, establishment of the Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention, chaptered into law in 2020. Eva leads the Racial Equity and Justice Committee, a team of cross-functional, cross-regional, and racially diverse employees to review and recommend policy changes to long standing disparities and ensure different outcomes for children and families served.
Eva has served on numerous nonprofit boards and is co-founder of MACLA—Moviemento de Arte y Cultural Americana—a San Jose contemporary, alternative urban arts center and a national model once described as a, “lab for intelligent cultural interventions.”
Eva holds a Bachelors of Art in Political Science with a focus on political philosophy from SJSU.