Meet our wonderful team of dedicated environmental and social justice leaders
Interim Executive Director
Currently, Italia serves as the Interim Executive Director at the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ). In her free time she enjoys spending time at the gym, gardening and watching movies.
After 30 years of extensive experience in the nonprofit world to help with organizational change and management work – she has finally discovered at CCAEJ her passion for social and environmental justice work.
Graciela Larios, better known as Chela, joined CCAEJ in 2008. Her passion towards the community grows every day as more and more industry moves in and destroys the beautiful green rural area the Inland Valley once was.
Brenda Huerta immigrated from Mexico City at the age of twelve. She recently graduated from UC Riverside with a B.A. in English and Spanish Literature. Brenda will continue to be a leader and vocal advocate in her community and plans to attend graduate school in the future.
The son of two immigrant parents from Guerrero, Mexico, Ricardo is a research and policy analyst with interests in urban and regional planning. He is a native of the Inland Empire, having been born in Upland, CA and raised in Ontario, CA.