Our Team

Meet our wonderful team of dedicated environmental and social justice leaders

Alma L. Marquez

Executive Director

With over 20 years of experience
in the nonprofit sector, her career began with the Orange County
Congregation Community
Organization, an affiliate of PICO
Faith in Action International, as a Senior Community Organizer
spearheading a health initiative for
universal health coverage for all
children. She went on to work in the California legislature in the State
Assembly and Senate, becoming
District Director. Ms. Marquez was
formerly Executive Director at WELL
Water Education for Latino Leaders.

Gabriela Mendez

Community Organizer

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.

Liz Pinney-Muglia

Policy Director

Coming soon

Shane Ysais

Media Specialist

With a background in IT and system development, Shane aspires to create unique and engaging content that will reflect our diverse communities.

Daniel Reyes

Media Specialist

Coming soon

Ana Gonzalez

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

Office Assistant

Gabrielle will be leading internal communications and office management needs.

Faraz Rizvi

Special Projects


Faraz's brings experience as the former editor of UC Riverside's Highlander Newspaper and in local political as well as issue-based campaigns.

Ericka Flores

Interim Grant


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.

Adonis Galarza-Toledo

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.

Marven Norman

Policy Coordinator

Coming Soon

Janet Bernabe

Organizing Director

Coming Soon


The mission of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice is to bring people together to improve our social and natural environment. We do this by developing indigenous leadership, community organizing through strategic campaigns and building a base of community power.

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Phone: 951-360-8451

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