Nayeli Bernal, MPH

Project Manager, Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative

Nayeli Bernal is a community-based researcher with nearly two decades of experience working on program evaluation, strategic planning, capacity-building support, and assessments of assets, needs, and opportunities. Her work focuses on research and action efforts that center and uplift the power of community wisdom and lived experience. Previously she has worked as a Senior Research Analyst with Applied Survey Research assessing kindergarten readiness, evaluating youth criminalization prevention efforts, supporting school-based flu vaccination impact efforts, and engaging Medi-Cal members to improve managed care services. As a project manager with UC Berkeley’s Nutrition Policy Institute, she coordinated national studies assessing changes in students’ attitudes and practices related to physical activity and nutrition. She also has experience working as a Research Associate at Harder+Company Community Research supporting social sector partners serving young children, families, and communities; and at UCSF’s Health Psychology’s Department on a longitudinal study focused on Latina/o/x young adult sexual health. Nayeli earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC Berkeley; a certificate in English/Spanish Translation from the National Hispanic University; and a Master in Public Health from San Francisco State University. Nayeli is committed to promoting equity and belonging in the workforce and maintaining mutually respectful relationships with the Bay Area’s beautifully diverse communities. She believes her lived experiences as an undocumented immigrant from México growing up in California deeply guide her work to advance racial and social justice. Nayeli is the mother of three young children and a proud East Oakland resident. She enjoys reading, journaling, the outdoors, and road trips.