Meet our wonderful team of dedicated environmental and social justice leaders
Interim Executive Director
Esther Portillo returns to CCAEJ to serve as interim Executive Director after serving as a national campaign coordinator and previously working as CCAEJ’s Organizing Director from 2005-2008 as well as 2016-2018. She is a well-respected organizer and will bring strong leadership
Gabriela Mendez is a resident of the City of Riverside and has been active in various movements fighting for immigrant protection, special needs, and environmental issues.
Research and Policy Analyst - Fellow
Mariela is a UC Riverside graduate student and supporting CCAEJ's local policy efforts.
Finance & Admin Director
Ana Gonzalez joins the Executive Team with experience as a former business owner and educator as well as community organizer.
Gabrielle Scott Thetford
Gabrielle will be leading internal communications and office management needs.
Special Projects Coordinator
Faraz's brings experience as the former editor of UC Riverside's Highlander Newspaper and in local political as well as issue-based campaigns.
Interim Grant Coordinator
Ericka brings over 10+ years working in environmental justice, formerly as CCAEJ's organizing director. She will be leading grant management and development as well as reporting.
Interim Civic Engagement Coordinator
Adonis has a strong background in leadership as a former Student Body President at CSUSB and working directly with communities of color in civic engagement.
As a research and policy
analyst, Ivette hopes to combine their science, policy, and community passion to advocate for
the Inland Empire.