Meet our 2017 Boards & Commissions Training Fellows—seven passionate community leaders who are interested in serving on local government boards and commissions and are committed to social justice and improving equity throughout the Inland Valley.
|Tiffaney Boyd is an alumna of California State University, San Marcos and currently a Southern California Fellow at IGNITE National. She has lived in Riverside County for most of her life and is passionate about getting involved in her community and advocating for positive social change. As a woman of color, she is interested in local government commissions, because she sees a lack of representation for her community. Tiffaney is a part of CCAEJ’s program, because she believes that democracy is more than voting on Election Day. She sees the decisions made on a local level that impact the lives of residents in Hement/San Jacinto and wants a seat at the table to be the voice of her community.|
Hakan Jackson is the data scientist on CCAEJ’s team and a homeowner in Jurupa Valley. He sees the effects that good and bad policy decisions have on the communities in the Inland Valley and wants to build power in his neighborhood to keep our elected officials accountable. Hakan is passionate about politics and people—not business as usual. He is excited to be a part of the Boards and Commissions Training Program, where he can use his passion to help make the world a better place.
|Emelia Martinez is an undergraduate student at University of California, Riverside with a double major in political science and computer science. She was born and raised in Pomona, CA, where she sees a vibrant city in need of more resources, investment and elected officials who love her city as much as she does. Emelia believes the program will help her better understand how local government works and hopes to learn strategies that would combine resident involvement with local government decision-makers to benefit the community.|
|Cassie Nguyen is a Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellow at the University of California, Riverside School of Public Policy. She is a resident of Riverside and believes that the Inland Valley is at the heart of progress with many intellectual leaders pushing for positive change—especially many new graduate students like her who are eager and ready to be a part of the democratic process. She believes that millennials are the future leaders and investment in their knowledge is vital. Cassie is a cancer survivor, lobbyist for the American Cancer Society and is in the Boards and Commissions Training Program to improve health legislation within her own community and throughout California.|
|Kim Rocha, a proud resident of Bloomington, knows how to fight for what she believes in. She spent many years as a dedicated union member and now works to keep warehouses from being built in residential areas. What started off as a fight for equitable jobs and clean air for her family has now turned into a fight for her whole community. She regularly opens her house to host community meetings to discuss community plans related to warehouses and other environmental issues. Kim became a Boards & Commissions Training Fellow to network and grow the skills she needs to represent her community.|
|Thomas Rocha is a lifelong resident of the Inland Valley. As a machinist who has worked in a union shop for 39 years, he believes that union rights are human rights. Bloomington is a small, neglected, and disinvested unincorporated community of San Bernardino County and it has recently been the center of mega-warehouse development. Tommy is fighting against residential-area warehouses, including one proposed only 70 feet from his home. Tommy joined CCAEJ’s Boards & Commissions Training to speak up on behalf of everyone in his community and make lasting changes.|
|Toya Vick, a Moreno Valley resident, is a proud single mother to four sons and four grandchildren. She moved her family from South Central LA to the Inland Valley in search of more opportunities and a better community, but found a brand new set of problems from racism to a lack of support for families with lower incomes and disabilities. Toya is a part of the Boards and Commissions Training Program to fight for a better community. She is working to be a voice for the voiceless, arms and legs for the disabled, and a heart for the children.|