2020 CAPA Virtual Summit: Presenters

Veronica De Lara, MPA

VeronicaDeLara,Cochair,CAPAProject Director, Pueblo y Salud

Veronica De Lara, MPA, was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She is a Project Director at Pueblo y Salud, where she oversees drug prevention education projects. In addition, she is a Co-Chair for the California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA) a state-wide alliance that focuses on protecting the public health and safety of communities.

Most recently, Veronica was voted-in this past primary presidential election as a member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Central Committee of Assembly District 38th, where she advocates and promotes equitable policies related to socioeconomic, health, and environmental justice. Veronica earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University of Los Angeles. She is an active member of the community and focuses on organizing, advocating, and educating to help improve the public health and safety of communities.



Alcopops are heavily flavored, heavily sugared, often high-ABV alcoholic beverages. They are among the most popular first drink for many youth. The Alcopop-Free Zone project used youth representatives to engage the San Rafael Canal community, educate retailers, and get alcopops off of store shelves.

]Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder includes bupernorphine among other medications. It offers the best opportunity for people who use opioids to live long, healthy lives, but only if they have access to it. Geographic, economic, and language barriers further complicate individuals' efforts to obtain this life-saving treatment. The MAT Access Project/Proyecto Latino TAM works to educate the Latinx community of Marin on the dangers of opioids, and promote culturally competent MAT services for those who needs it.


Within liquor, grocery, and drug stores, good retail practices can not only make it harder for youth to obtain alcohol, but make youth less interested in drinking. Youth Action for Safe Stores (YASS) develops youth leaders who can evaluate stores' retail practices, engage with business owners, and promote best retail practices throughout San Rafael.


Alcopops 2020



Don Carney, Director, Marin Youth Court
SRADC President

Nick Moorhatch, Producer, Comcast Cable Access
SRADC Vice President

Adolfo Aguilar, member, Youth For Justice

Marcianna Nosek
, PhD, MPH, MS, Associate Professor, University of San Francisco.
Larry Merideth, PhD, Director, Marin Health and Human Services

Michael Watenpaugh
, EdD, Superindent, San Rafael City Schools

Kevin Lynch, Director of Juvenile Services Division, County of Marin Probation Department

Elia Manzo, leader, Consejo Restaurativo

Wilibaldo Pulido, owner, La Plaza Market.

Douglas Mundo, Executive Director, Canal Welcome Center.

Mary Joe Williams, CAO, Bay Area Community Resources

Sam Alexander, Pastro, First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael

Eric Bejarano, student, Sonoma State University