Ms. Wanda Tapia-Thomsen is a retiree from the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) where she served for 29 years in the Family Nutrition & Consumer Sciences, Horticultural and 4-H Departments. She later retired as the Executive Director/CEO (Co-founder) of Latino Service Providers (LSP), a nonprofit 501c3 agency in July 2018. LSP works with community partners to engage, collaborate, and exchange valuable information.
Ms. Tapia-Thomsen coordinated the Latino Health Forum and Asian Health Forum; Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program; 5-a-Day Power Play Campaign, and Childhood Obesity Coalition (among others). She is an experienced project evaluator and has worked with the Kellogg Foundation’s California Food, Fiber, Futures (CF3) Project for the state of California.
Wanda currently is coordinator of the 29th Annual Latino Health Forum. The Latino Health Forum is an annual event that brings together local, national and international experts to discuss Latino health issues. In 2020, due to COVID 19 the format changed from in-person to a 7-day series which was held on Zoom. It was well attended and received. She currently serves on the Latino Advisory Council/LBC; and is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
She is a native of Sonoma County where she resides with her husband Richard. She has 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren. For fun she rides her bike, paints, and re-energizes through playtime with her grandson.