Zima Creason is the Executive Director of the California EDGE Coalition. She is an advocate, businesswoman, and public servant committed to stakeholder empowerment, coalition building, and helping her community be the best it can be for all of its citizens.
Zima has worked in the policy field since 2001, most recently serving as the President and CEO of Mental Health America of California (MHAC), a nonprofit charitable organization working to improve access to mental health services and support before crisis. In this role she worked to address the mental health professional workforce shortage with a focus on removing barriers to education and supporting pathways into mental health careers.
Zima was elected to the San Juan Unified School District Governing Board in November 2018. She is committed to ensuring K-12 as well as adult learners are college and/or career ready when they graduate and that they have access to a variety of career pathways and technical assistance to achieve their employment goals.
Zima serves in a variety of volunteer capacities. She is appointed to the California Department of Education Student Mental Health Policy Work Group and serves on the Stars Behavioral Health Board of Directors.
Zima is dedicated to supporting people to avoid crisis outcomes, mental health and wellness, social justice, and for all Americans to have access and opportunity to achieve the American Dream regardless of zip code, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, health/mental health status, gender identification and/or who they love.