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.

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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.


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.

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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 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

Marven Norman brings a wealth of policy expertise to the CCAEJ team and the fight for environmental justice. With nearly a decade of work in the space and a diverse array of experiences and education, he brings a multi-faceted perspective to the work of making sure that communities are able to fight for their rights with every tool available.


Janet Bernabe

Organizing Director

Janet Bernabe has been a resident of the city of Perris for over 25 years and began her passion of advocacy/organizing work as an undergraduate student at Cal State University Fullerton. As the current Organizing Director for the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice CCAEJ she leads efforts in the Inland Empire to engage, educate, empower and organize community members to create social change and address social inequities and injustices. She recently graduated from California State University, Fullerton CSUF with an M.A in American Studies 2019 and obtained a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies in 2013 from the same institution. And is an active member in the community, working closely with other organizations to create strong partnerships through collective work. She draws her inspiration from her family, specifically her father which has recently passed in January 2021 (covid related). Her father migrated to the US, from Mexico, at the age of 17, he became a resident at the age of 28, became a naturalized citizen at the age of 50 and voted for the first time in 2008. He has inspired her to continue to push for social, economic, educational and environmental justice.