Pedro Arista

Program Officer

Pedro has dedicated his career to strengthening the most impactful cross-sector collaborations and community-based organizations in California and across the U.S.  He has more than 15 years of experience eliminating health disparities in diverse communities by designing and implementing innovative initiatives with measurable outcomes.  At Hirsch & Associates, Pedro evaluates the best and brightest cross-sector initiatives working on improving equity in the Bay Area and partners with them to achieve lasting success.

Prior to his work with Hirsch & Associates, Pedro led the healthy eating and active living portfolio of grantmaking initiatives for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum in Oakland.  To improve social determinants of health, he directed more than $3.2 million to 20 outstanding community-based organizations while boosting their effectiveness with culturally relevant capacity support.  He also advanced President Obama’s White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by providing capacity building to non-profits across the U.S.  Pedro began his career advocating for Latino LGBT health through more inclusive behavioral research and clinical trials.

Pedro is a member of the Latino Community Foundation’s LGBTQ Latinx Giving Circle, a group of individuals invested in improving the lives of Latinos in California.  He has co-authored articles published in the American Journal of Public Health, the CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease Journal, and the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.  He holds an M.P.H. from San Francisco State University, where he also serves as faculty in the Department of Health Education, teaching courses on health policy and equity.