Commissioner Mallonee Brand manages the Health Policy, Planning,
and Evaluation (HPPE) unit for the Sonoma County Department of
Health Services (DHS). HPPE helps advance the department’s values
of excellence, collaboration, and equity by providing planning, data, and
evaluation support to improve health outcomes. Prior to her current role
at DHS, Nora managed Health Action, a cross-sector collaborative of
community partners, to drive improvements in health and well-being.
Nora has long been passionate about the importance of quality early childhood
experiences. While a Policy Analyst at the John Gardner Center for Youth and their
Communities at Stanford, Nora got her start in the early childhood world working on
evaluating Preschool for All initiatives in the Bay Area and working with sites nationally
to improve linkages between community schools and preschools. While working as a
Research Associate at Harder+Company Community Research, Nora provided planning
and evaluation services to social sector clients including early childhood providers and
advocates (including a number of First 5 Commissions), health departments, school
districts, and philanthropies. She has over ten years of experience conducting planning,
applied research, and consulting services in partnership with government, non-profit,
and private sector organizations to improve programs and services for the most
vulnerable in our community.
Nora is a Sonoma County native and has a BA from Claremont McKenna College and a
Master’s in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership from Stanford University.
She currently resides in Santa Rosa with her husband and three young children.