What we do
We speak as parents to encourage immunization to protect children and communities from preventable disease.
We are a resource for parents on vaccines and the diseases they prevent.
We partner with other organizations to improve public health in California.
Leah Russin Co-Founder, Director
I am a lawyer turned full-time mom to a toddler. My background includes environmental policy and litigation as well as teaching high school math and science. I began Vaccinate California to give a voice to the parents who want to re-build our community immunity.
Hannah Henry Co-Founder, Creative
I am a designer, educator, and mother. I was co-lead on the Moveon.org petition for requiring vaccines for schools and helped found Vaccinate California and created the I <3 immunity logo. I am the visual strategist and web designer for Vaccinate California.
Renee Diresta Co-Founder, Data Analysis & Social Media
I’m a data geek and got involved with Vaccinate California after doing some analyses of CA Dept of Public Health data when looking for preschools for my son. I work in tech and finance. I manage the social media accounts for Vaccinate California.
Jennifer Wonnacott Co-Founder, Press Relations
I am a mom to two young boys. The past year was scary with my youngest being too young to fully vaccinate, part of the reason I support SB 277. With a background in politics and public relations, I have been helping Vaccinate California with media and ensure the parents who support vaccines are heard.
(print pdf of statement) SACRAMENTO – As required by SB277, starting tomorrow, July 1, personal belief exemptions are no longer accepted to the vaccination requirements for school attendance in California. Children first entering daycare, kindergarten, or seventh grade must be up to date on their immunizations or have a medical exemption from a licensed physician. […]
My 2 year-old son, Gideon, has been sick since the day he was born. First, it was weight gain, or lack there of. We discussed a feeding tube, but at the time it seemed so daunting. Little did we know that this feeding problem would portend health problems that would make tube feeding seem like […]
Since SB277 passed our core volunteers have been engaged in various efforts to improve public health in our communities from speaking engagements to developing educational materials with our allies in public health. We are available to speak with groups in other states that would like to learn about our experience. We are happy to report […]