2023 Tillman Scholar

Evan Mitchell Zepeda

Military Spouse
University of California - Los Angeles

“I am an advocate for justice. I firmly believe all individuals, regardless of their identity or socioeconomic status, are entitled to fundamental human rights such as health, dignity, and opportunity.”

Evan Zepeda is a rising third-year student at the University of California—Los Angeles School of Law, where she is a scholar in the public interest law and policy program and the critical race studies program. 

Evan’s passion for public service is rooted in her experience with health disparities in her community, which inspired her to lead a life centered on promoting equity and racial justice through law and policy. Evan earned two bachelor’s degrees in public health and Spanish from Johns Hopkins University. She then earned her master’s degree in public health from Columbia University with a certificate in health policy analysis. 

After Evan graduated from Columbia University, she accepted the women and health sciences fellowship with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. As a legislative fellow, she served in the office of Congresswoman Robin Kelly and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) under Senator Patty Murray. She then served as the health policy advisor for Congresswoman Robin Kelly and the policy director for the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust. 

During Evan’s tenure on Capitol Hill, she developed legislation and policy initiatives to address health disparities, maternal health, and expanded healthcare coverage. Following Evan’s experience with Congress, she served as a policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions to advance equitable policy related to community health and justice. As an agent of change, Evan continues her career as an advocate by connecting policy and the law to advance civil rights and promote economic and racial justice.