Sevly (they/them/theirs) is a lead for our economic and health justice team. Previously, Sevly worked for Long Beach Forward as a research & policy analyst where they implemented community research methodologies that highlight community needs and inform strategies to create systems and policy change. There, Sevly was a lead for the Long Beach Community Health Needs Assessment focus groups that informed the needs of historically underrepresented residents in Long Beach, such as LGBTQ+, veterans, Black mothers, and Cambodian elders. In addition, they designed surveys and protocols to measure social cohesion and resident power among early childhood education advocates.
Prior to Long Beach Forward, Sevly worked as a social epidemiology research assistant at Johns Hopkins University where they conducted statistical analyses to measure social factors and adverse health outcomes. Sevly also worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a public health associate at Maricopa County Department of Public Health in Phoenix, AZ. They supported South Phoenix Healthy Start where they focused on collective impact and addressing anti-blackness structurally, interpersonally, and internally as it impacts birth outcomes for Black mothers.
Sevly earned simultaneous bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Public Health with a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. They completed their Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology & Biostatistics and earned a Health Disparities & Health Inequalities certificate from Johns Hopkins University.