Aishah Abdala

Program Coordinator

Aishah Abdala was border town raised with the privilege of growing up between Tijuana, B.C. and San Ysidro, CA. During her time at UC Berkeley, she played rugby, volunteered time at the Gill Tract community farm, served as the Environmental Justice Alternative Break Leader while receiving her B.A. in Public Health with a minor in Public Policy in 2017. Since graduating, Aishah has served Praxis and its network as the program coordinator of trainings and convenings as well as communications, advised tech companies of inclusive practices for non-english and undocumented workers, and facilitated workshops on LGBTQ+ issues for Latinx friends and families with queer loved ones.

Aishah works remotely from her home in South Bay, San Diego where she enjoys going on bike rides and going to the beach.


Ariel Cohen

Assistant Director

As Assistant Director, Ariel brings strong experience with nonprofit organizational management, operations, finance, and fiscal sponsorship to Praxis. Previously Ariel was an Advisor with Tides, working closely in partnership with a portfolio of its fiscally-sponsored groups. Ariel has worked across a variety of mission areas, including immigrant justice, zero waste, and public policy research. Outside of work she can most often be found in her ceramics studio making lighting, sculpture, and tableware.  Ariel lives in Oakland, was born and raised in Berkeley, and has deep roots in the Bay Area. She graduated from the University of Chicago with honors, earning her degree in sociology.

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Candace Cross

Health Justice Fellow

Candace Cross is a Helen Gurley-Brown Fellowship recipient and will be in a year-long placement at Praxis as a Health Justice Fellow. Candace received her BS from Ithaca College in Public and Community Health with a concentration in the Politics of Health and Healing. 

During her undergraduate studies, Candace worked in harm reduction, Zika birth defects research, and health equity programming. Candace is truly passionate about advocating for race, environmental justice, and women’s health issues by using the social justice framework. Candace is always on the quest for learning something new whether through traveling, meeting new people, or tasting new foods.

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Daesha Jordan


Daesha Jordan is a San Francisco State graduate who is receiving a Masters in Human Resource Management from USC. She is dedicated to compassionately help advocate and sustain community-driven initiatives. Daesha has worked for non-profit organizations whose mission and focal points are social justice and community development. She enjoys working in finances and operations because there is always something new to learn, create, and develop. Outside of work Daesha enjoys singing locally at events and creating other forms of art. Daesha enjoys travel, meeting new people, and going to concerts.


LaTanya Lowe, MA

Program Coordinator

LaTanya Lowe is native to the DC Metropolitan area, where she was raised in Silver Spring, MD. She brings more than 15 years of operations, project and administrative management experience to the Praxis Project.  LaTanya has worked with international and local non-profit organizations, such as the American College of Cardiology as well as The Family Restoration and Healing Center. She earned her undergraduate degree in English with an additional concentration in African Diaspora at the University of Maryland and earned her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management.  LaTanya strives to achieve and continually demonstrate hard working ethics and principles in every aspect of life, which is befitting to the cause for social, medical, economical, and educational justice for communities of color throughout the country.


Xavier Morales, Ph.D., MRP

Executive Director

Xavier Morales, Ph.D., MRP, is the executive director of Praxis Project, a national organization dedicated to supporting communities building power for health.  Xavier is a longtime advocate for community-driven initiatives to achieve health equity and environmental justice. Taking an expansive view of what constitutes good health and community wellness, he works in partnership to enable opportunities across the social determinants of health.

Xavier currently serves on the board of the Urban Peace Initiative, and was until recently, the Chair of City of Berkeley sugar sweetened beverage tax expert panel. Xavier often provides testimony in legislative arenas and is a frequent speaker at health conferences and health justice gatherings. Xavier, a former Peace Corps volunteer (Hungary), is originally from Sanger, California and studied environmental sciences at the University of California, Berkeley and city and regional planning at Cornell University.