Program Associate, Place
Why do you do what you do?
I grew up hearing stories about my father’s union organizing days in Mexico. He would tell me that the work was so contentious that union leaders had to have armed guards. I asked him if he was scared, and he told me, “If we don’t make things better, who will?” This gave me a belief that a better world is possible and that it’s our duty to work towards that world. That is why I do this work.
What drew you to the foundation?
I was drawn to the foundation because of its mission of advancing racial and economic equity, and its staff (some of whom I had worked with in previous organizing roles) and their commitment to community.
How would you describe your role?
I am responsible for the day-to-day administration, including grantmaking, and finance management, of the Place team.
Are you involved in any volunteer activities?
I serve on the board of Access Women’s Health Justice, a reproductive justice organization that removes barriers to sexual and reproductive health care and builds the power of Californians to demand health, justice and dignity.