Leadership, Expertise & Published Works

The Ersoylu team is committed to sharing our learning and expertise through key presentations and published reports.

Advisory Roles
  • Commissioner, Costa Mesa Park & Recreation Commission, Feb 2017 – Present

  • Advisory Group Member - Gianneschi Nonprofit Summer School, CSUF Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, Jul 2016 – Present

  • Advisory Board Member, Community Health Initiative of Orange County, Mar 2016 – Present

  • Appointed Member, Costa Mesa Bike & Walkability Committee, Mar 2015 – Mar 2017

  • Appointed Member, Costa Mesa Housing & Public Service Grant Committee, Mar 2014 – Mar 2017

  • Board Member, Saint Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund, Jan 2009 – Dec 2015

  • Member, OC Food Access Coalition, 2013-2015

  • Board Member, Saint Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund, 2011-2015.

  • Member, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Advisory Committee for Evaluation of Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Initiative, 2011-2015.

  • Board Chair, The Grain Project, 2012-2014.

  • Member, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policy & Practice Advisory Committee for Review of Environmental & Policy Interventions for Childhood Obesity Prevention, 2010-2014.

  • Reviewer, American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 2010-present.

  • Reviewer, First 5 LA, 2011-present.

  • Member, Urban Hardship Task Force. (Convened by Oakview Renewal Partnership, 2008)
Presentations & Workshops
  • "Aligning Assets with Evaluation" a Roundtable discussion at the Annual Childhood Obesity Conference, Anaheim, CA July 2019.
  • “Evaluating Outcomes: Moving from Intent to Impact” A 2-day Evaluation Workshop. Santa Ana, CA. May 2019, October 2018. (*This is offered bi-annually pro-bono to the local nonprofit community.)
  • "Grassroots Evaluation: Creating your Impact Roadmap" A day-long workshop for the Community Health Improvement Partners' Resident Leadership Academy. May 2018.
  • "Philanthropy, Policy & Power" presentation to Orange County Grantmakers, February 22, 2018.

  • “Data-driven ‘do-gooding’: Measuring Social Impact”, day-long training held by Ersoylu Consulting at Delhi Center in Santa Ana, CA, June 15, 2017.

  • Moving the Masses: Community Engagement’s Role in Creating Lasting Impact” Presentation at Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP-LA) Quarterly Convening, January 19, 2017.
  •  “Power, Politics & Philanthropy: Emerging Issues” Presentation to Mediterranean Executives Roundtable, August 10, 2016.
  • “Kaiser Permanente Orange County’s Community Health Needs Assessment 2016” Presentation to Health Funders of Orange County Roundtable, September 22, 2016.
  • “How to Implement a Funder-Supported Advocacy Effort and the Integral Role of Policy Consultants” Webinar training for National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, September 29, 2015.
  • “R&D for CBOs: How Evaluation and Data Supports Communities” Training given at the 10thAnnual CSUF Nonprofit Summer School. Fullerton, CA, August 11, 2015.
  • “Shhh, Politics: Why Advocacy & Policy Matter to your Nonprofit” Training given at the 10thAnnual CSUF Nonprofit Summer School. Fullerton, CA, August 11, 2015.
  • “Check your Nonprofit Pulse: Evaluation in an Era of Limited Resources and Increasing Accountability”, presentation to Nonprofit Collaborative of Southern California Convening. April 16, 2015.
  • “Consulting to Nonprofit Organizations: Risks & Rewards” presentation to Institute of Management Consultants. March 12, 2015.
  • CHOICES State Learning Community Meeting, December 2015: Presentation on cost-effectiveness and costing methods to state partners alongside Dr. Michael Long in Cambridge, MA.

  • Obesity Week, November 2015: Poster presentation on “Finding smart investments in early childhood obesity prevention policy: the cost effectiveness of a policy promoting the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care (NAPSACC)” in Los Angeles, CA.

  • “Making the Leap: Moving your Nonprofit from Service to Advocacy.” Invited presentation at CSUF Summer School for Nonprofits, July 10, 2008

  • “Community-Based Policy Research.” Panel presentation at Connecting Communities: The University and Multi-Ethnic Civic Engagement. A Southern California Regional Symposium, Irvine, CA, February 7, 2008

  • "Changing the Physical Activity Environment in Santa Ana, CA." Panel presentation at American Public Health Association Conference, Washington, DC, November 7, 2007.

  • “Assessing Policy Development Opportunities.” Invited presentation to UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Obesity Prevention in Public Health Course, Chapel Hill, NC, September 27, 2007.

  • “Health Policy through Collaboration: Merging Public Health & Public Safety.” Invited presentation at NALEO Healthy Communities Policy Institute, Seattle, WA, April 28, 2007.

  • “Nonprofit Lobbying vs. Advocacy.” Panel presentation at Annual Healthy Eating, Active Communities (HEAC) grantee meeting, Monterey, CA, April 26, 2007.

  • "Active Living by Design: Lessons Learned." Panel presentation at 6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy & Livable Communities, Los Angeles, CA, February 8-10, 2007.
  • Cradock AL, Barrett JL, Kenney EL, Giles CM, Ward ZJ, Long MW, Resch SC, Pipito AA, Wei ER, Gortmaker SL. Using cost-effectiveness analysis to prioritize policy and programmatic physical activity promotion and obesity prevention in childhood obesity. Preventive Medicine, 2017 February, 95 Suppl:S17-S27. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.10.017. Epub 2016 Oct 20.

  • Mouttapa, M., Tanjasiri, S. P., Weiss, J. W., Santos, L., Lacsamana, J. D., Quitugua, L., Flores, P., Flores, P., Paige, C., May, V. T., Tupua, M., Vaivao, D., Taito, P., Vaikona, E., & Vunileva, I. (2016). Associations between women’s perception of their husbands’/partners’ social support and pap screening in Pacific Islander communities. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health.

  • Leah Ersoylu and Vikki Lassiter. 2015. “Paso a Paso: Commentary on Civic Engagement in the Multi-Method Evaluation of Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities” in Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP). (April 2015). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25828219

  • Leah Ersoylu and Deena Margolis. 2015. “How to Implement a Funder-Supported Advocacy Effort & the Integral Role of Policy Consultants” in The Foundation Review. (March 2015). http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1234&context=tfr

  • Paige, C., Peters, R., Parkhurst, M., Beck, L. L., Hui, B., May, V. T. & Tanjasiri, S. P. (2015). Enhancing community-based participatory research partnerships through appreciative inquiry. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 9(3), 457-463. Download Repor

  • Tanjasiri, S. P., Weiss, J. W., Santos, L., Flores, P., Flores, P., Lacsamana, J. D., Paige, C., Mouttapa, M., Quitugua, L., Taito, P., May, V. T., Tupua, M., Vaikona, E., Vaivao, D., & Vunileva, I. (2015). CBPR-Informed recruitment and retention adaptations in a randomized study of pap testing among pacific islanders in Southern California. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 9(3), 389-396.

  • Manal Aboelata, Leah Ersoylu and Larry Cohen. 2011. "Building Healthy Places with People and for People: Community Engagement for Healthy and Sustainable Communities" in Making Healthy Places: A Built Environment for Health, Well-being and Sustainability. Island Press. Download PDF Here

  • Leah Ersoylu and Tuba Kobas. 2010. "The New Locomotive for Economic Development: NGO's" in Itovizyon (April 2010). Download PDF Here

  • Helen Ingram and Leah Fraser. 2006. “Path Dependency and Adroit Innovation: The Case of California Water.” in Robert Repetto, ed, By Fits and Starts: Punctuated Equilibrium and the Dynamics of U.S. Environmental Policy. Yale University Press.

  • Helen Ingram and Leah Fraser. 2006. “Changing the Policy Paradigm.” in Max Oelschlaeger and Peter Friederici (eds.) Moving Waters: The Colorado River and the West. (Forthcoming, University of Arizona Press).

  • Leah Fraser. 2004. “Evaluating the Impacts of the Ottawa Treaty” in Landmines and Human Security: International Politics and War’s Hidden Legacy. Matthew, McDonald and Rutherford (eds.) SUNY Press.

  • Leah Fraser. 2004. Review of “Contested Nature: Promoting International Biodiversity with Social Justice in the Twenty-first Century” by S. Brechin et al.(2003), Environment (June 2004).

  • Richard Matthew and Leah Fraser. 2002. Global Environmental Change and Human Security: Conceptual and Theoretical Issues. GECHS Program Office, UCI. www.gechs.uci.edu.

  • Leah Fraser. 2002. Review of “Faces of Environmental Racism” by Westra and Lawson (2001), Environment (November 2002).