• Jessica Melendez

    Jessica was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. Inspired by hearing her father’s experiences growing up in South Central as an immigrant during the crack-cocaine epidemic, she pursued her BA in Politics from the University of San Francisco. After graduating, she began her professional career as an organizer in South Central LA organizing around […]

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  • Lorna Avila

    Lorna Avila

    Lorna Avila is an environmental justice planner who was born and raised in Calexico, California. She graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a concentration in Environmental Systems and Society in 2022. During her undergraduate career at UCLA, she was the founder and president of ROOTS, a student-led environmental justice organization. Through […]

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  • Neyda Quintanilla

    Neyda Quintanilla was born and raised in South Los Angeles, having experienced racial and social injustice growing up influenced her decision to follow a career in politics and law. The housing crisis of 2010 personally impacted her life, which led to her volunteering with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), where she learned […]

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  • Shakeara Mingo

    Shakeara Mingo is a Grant and Fund development professional who grew up in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Shakeara has been writing and managing Grants for 3 years and has secured 2 million dollars for BIPOC led nonprofits, For-profits, and grassroots organizations. Shakeara has been servicing low-income and minority communities for over 11 years. Shakeara began […]

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  • Siris Barrios

    Siris Barrios served as the Emergency Rent Assistance Program (ERAP) Manager. Ms. Barrios is an expert in developing and implementing social impact initiatives that centered around community organizing. In the last seven years, Ms. Barrios organized stakeholders around placemaking strategies that inform land entitlements that resulted in Community Benefits Agreement embedded into new zoning. Ms. […]

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