The Intersectional Health Project San Diego (IHPSD) is a student driven initiative to galvanize public activism in response to the many health-related issues facing the immigrant and low income communities of San Diego.


Mauricio de Oliveira is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UC San Diego. He is the faculty advisor for the Global TIES Cruz Roja project, which is developing optimization tools and software for improving the management and delivery of emergency health services in Tijuana, Mexico in collaboration with the Tijuana Red Cross.


Ginger Jacobs is an immigration lawyer at Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP. She has helped hundreds of individuals and families obtain immigration relief in the U.S. after they have survived horrific external circumstances. Ms. Jacobs helped the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce craft its policy on immigration reform, and she is currently the Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Immigration Justice Project. She was a leader in the San Diego DREAMer Assistance Network, directly assisting hundreds of young immigrants in obtaining Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Ms. Jacobs received her J.D. degree with cum laude honors from Harvard Law School in 1998 and her Bachelor of Arts degree with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors from Duke University in 1995.


Katrine Czajkowski has been an educator at the secondary level in the San Diego South Bay region for 27 years. Credentialed in math, English/Language Arts and Social Sciences, Katrine has served as a classroom teacher, academic coach, curriculum specialist, and currently manages the Sweetwater Union High School District’s Teacher Induction program.  She’s collaborated with colleagues at UCSD, SDSU, the California State University, the California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) and a number of other entities throughout California to improve opportunities for diverse learners.  Katrine grew up in Oregon; she earned her BSFS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, her MA in Educational Leadership from SDSU and her PhD in Policy Studies (focused on secondary math education) from Claremont Graduate School/SDSU.


Gabriela Torres is a native of San Diego. She received a B.S. in International Business from the University of San Francisco, an undergraduate institution that focuses on social justice and community. She graduated from California Western School of law and spent her first years out of law school working for a dispute resolution firm in Madrid. She then moved to London where she opened a boutique practice focused on dispute resolution before completing a Masters of Law in International Environmental Law and Sustainability at Kingston University London. She wrote a dissertation on the impact of CEQA on California's environment. Gabriela is the Policy Coordinator for the Border Sewage campaign at Surfrider Foundation where she prepares policy and advocates for regulations that will put an end to the sewage that plagues local beaches.


Omar Calleros is the Coordinator of Full Service Community Schools and Attendance for the San Ysidro School District, where he oversees all attendance initiatives and engages community based organizations to create an environment of support through the wrap-around model. Through partnerships with community based agencies, Omar facilitates a coordinated collaborative support for all families in the San Ysidro Community to help address community member needs. A native of Tijuana and San Ysidro, Omar connects his 15+ years’ experience in social services to connect with the San Ysidro community.


Jason Wells is the CEO of the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce, representing commerce at the World’s busiest land-border crossing. Wells is responsible for building, among other strategic partnerships: the San Ysidro Smart Border Coalition – bringing federal attention and change to his tiny, yet powerful community; and the Bi-National Border Chamber of Commerce – a historic conglomeration of chambers of commerce and economic development organizations from both sides of the US/ Mexico border.