Our Team

Meet our wonderful team of dedicated environmental and social justice leaders

Esther Portillo

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

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.

Mariela Loera

Research and Policy Analyst - Fellow

Mariela is a UC Riverside graduate student and supporting CCAEJ's local policy efforts.

Daniel Reyes

Media Specialist

Coming soon

Shane Ysais

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 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.


Ericka Flores

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.


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.


Ivette Torres

Policy Coordinator

As a research and policy
analyst, Ivette hopes to combine their science, policy, and community passion to advocate for
the Inland Empire.


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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