Who We Are
& What We

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Mission Statement

EPIC aims to end poverty in California by elevating the voices of people experiencing it, creating and implementing bold policies rooted in their needs, and advancing a state agenda focused on equal opportunity for all.

All of our current and future efforts will help change the narrative about poverty from one based on lies and stereotypes, to an authentic narrative based on the strengths, assets, and lived experiences of individuals and communities.

Current Initiatives

Michael Tubbs

Led by Michael Tubbs, we conduct listening sessions throughout the state to hear the stories and ideas of people living in poverty, and help educate the public and policymakers.

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We provide platforms for people to tell their own stories to help heal feelings of shame and stigma, increase agency, enable political action, and ultimately, change the narrative.

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We collaborate with partners and lawmakers in order to develop a shared policy agenda focused on poverty elimination and equal opportunity for all.

Our Team

Michael Tubbs

Michael Tubbs


Elena Chavez Quezada

Elena Chávez Quezada

Chief Impact Officer

Devon Gray

Devon Gray

Chief of Staff

Vikrum Dave Aiyer

Vikrum Aiyer

Senior Advisor

Greg Kaufmann

Greg Kaufmann

Chief Advisor, Storytelling and Narrative

Sandra Loyola

Sandra Loyola

Executive Assistant


Advisory Board

Shimica Gaskins

President & CEO, GRACE/End Child Poverty CA

Chris Hoene

Executive Director, California Budget & Policy Center

Joseph Tomas McKellar

Director, PICO California

April Verrett

President, SEIU Local 2015

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