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Portrait of Sandra Celedon

Sandra Celedon

President and CEO

Fresno Building Healthy Communities

Sandra Celedon is president and CEO of Fresno Building Healthy Communities. She is responsible for guiding and supporting multi-sector, diverse stakeholder collaborations to foster and encourage thriving communities where all children and families can live healthy, safe, and productive lives. She adheres to public health principles, which recognize that all people must have access to the resources necessary for health and that people and their physical environment are interdependent; when one is damaged, it will have an adverse effect on the other. Therefore, she dedicates herself to building healthy communities. In 2020, she was elected as the vice-chair for the Fresno Commission on Police Reform—a 37-member commission comprising residents, advocates, and stakeholders developing recommendations to institute reform within the Fresno Police Department. At the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, she co-developed the COVID-19 Equity Project, a collaborative effort including over 17 community-based organizations and more than 100 community health workers that provided prevention education, vaccinations, and resources to over 25,000 vulnerable community residents in Fresno County. With her support, the project was replicated in two other counties. In 2022, she joined the Public Policy Institute of California and the Catalyst California boards of directors. She earned a BS in community health from California State University, Fresno, and an MS in public health from San Jose State University.