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Stay Close to the Work

Stay Close to the Work is a series featuring the stories of CZI employees who reflect on their journeys to the organization and how they stay close to our mission to build a more inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone. Explore a new Q&A each month, as CZIers tell their stories in their own words.

Sandra Moreno, CZI’s science program executive assistant, smiles in a headshot. She is surrounded by images from her original artwork — pink and orange flowers, hummingbirds and butterflies.
Mar 3, 2023 Life at CZI

A CZ Science Team Member Shares Her Hopes for the Future

Ruby Bolaria Shifrin holds a microphone while speaking at an event.
Jan 19, 2023 Life at CZI

CZI Head of Community Ruby Bolaria Shifrin Wants Everyone To ‘Begin Life at the Same Starting Line’

A group of three people wear sunglasses and smile for a photo.
Nov 30, 2022 Life at CZI

CZI’s Director of Education Policy and Partnerships Reflects on Reimagining the Education System

Sep 16, 2022 Life at CZI

‘This Is Who I Am:’ Meet CZI’s Community Leadership and Capacity Building Director

Julio, his spouse and child smile for a picture, surrounded by grass and trees.
Aug 18, 2022 Life at CZI

How This Former Teacher Is Increasing Support for Educators

CZI housing affordability manager Michelle smiles as she stands on a trail, surrounded by greenery. You can see the mountains deep in the background.
May 24, 2022 Life at CZI

A Housing Affordability Manager Reflects on the Intersection of Her Story and CZI Work

A woman stands outside and smiles, wearing a white blouse.
Mar 18, 2022 Life at CZI

How a CZI Community Manager Is Working To Build a More Inclusive, Equitable Bay Area

A woman wearing blue jeans and a puffy vest smiles and stands in a field with her hands in her pockets.
Feb 23, 2022 Life at CZI

When the Work Is Personal: How a Program Associate Builds Resources for the Rare Disease Community

A man wearing a yellow shirt reaches for a bright green lime on a table with other colorful treats.
Dec 2, 2021 Life at CZI

‘Better Is Possible’: How a New DEI Program Associate Plans To Make an Impact in His Role

A women, child and man pose for a family picture at the foot of a playground slide.
Oct 27, 2021 Life at CZI

How a CZI Product Manager Helps Support Scientists Across the World in Tracking Infectious Disease

A women with black and pink hair smiles with greenery behind her.
Sep 28, 2021 Life at CZI

A CZI Product Designer on Creating Tools To Help Educators Strengthen Relationships With Their Students

A women smiles and stands close to a man who is holding a Corgi.
Aug 24, 2021 Life at CZI

‘I Believe in What I Do.’ A CZI Housing Manager on Why Everyone Should Have a Home

Mar 29, 2021 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

'We're Doing Something Unique' Why This Neuroscientist Works at CZI