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Italia Garcia

Italia Garcia was born in Mexico City and immigrated to Riverside, CA at the age of ten. She attended Riverside City College and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of California, Riverside. Italia joined Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice on January 2017 and serves as the.....

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Hakan Jackson

Hakan Jackson was born and raised in Southern California.  Upon graduating high school, he joined the United States Air Force as a Biomedical Equipment Technician.  During his 12 year service, Hakan obtained an Associates in Applied Science in Biomedical Equipment Technology from the Community College of the Air Force and a Bachelor of Science in.....

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Josephine Young

Josephine Young joined CCAEJ in March 2016 as the Community Empowerment Coordinator, where she works to develop curriculum for each of CCAEJ’s leadership programs and coordinate the Boards & Commissions Program. Prior to joining CCAEJ, Josephine became engaged with social and environmental justice organizing while working with the Student Sustainability Collective at the University of.....

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Ericka Flores

Ericka has been with CCAEJ since 2009 when she became involved in issues surrounding the Westside of San Bernardino, where she lives. She became the recipient of the Jan Misquez Memorial Fellowship in 2013 and works along residents of the Westside of San Bernardino to tackle battles against the fueling station at Omnitrans, diesel pollution.....

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Penny Newman

Penny Newman is the Founder and Executive Director of CCAEJ.  Penny has been active in environmental justice issues for more than 39 years and lives in the small community of Glen Avon, in the newly incorporated City of Jurupa Valley, California with her retired firefighter husband of 51 years, Jan, and their two Yorkies –.....

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Esther Portillo-Gonzales

Esther Portillo-Gonzales returns to the Inland Valley with 16 years of community organizing experience that has enabled her to work on environmental justice, immigrant and worker rights issues with diverse communities in California, New York, and Texas. She is the daughter of migrants from El Salvador and was born and raised in the Pico-Union area.....

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Jean Kayano

Jean Kayano, is the Associate Director of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ).   After 30 years of extensive experience in the nonprofit world to help with organizational change and management work – she has finally discovered at CCAEJ her passion for social and environmental justice work.  Although her skill set revolves around.....

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Michele Hasson

Michele Hasson is the Policy Specialist for the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice. Michele directs efforts that support CCAEJ’s legislative, public policy and political agenda to create safer, healthier, toxic free places for residents of California’s Inland Valley to live, work, learn and play. CCAEJ’s work is grounded in “place”–communities are not simply.....

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Graciela Larios

Graciela Larios, better known as Chela, joined Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice in 2008. She has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Riverside. Her efforts as a community organizer are in the Inland Valley primarily in the city of Jurupa Valley and San Bernardino, only an hour away from the.....