Orange County Environmental Justice

1905 E. 17th Street, Suite 325 

Santa Ana, CA 92705

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(657) 210-1321

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© 2018 by Orange County Environmental Justice

Orange County Environmental Justice is a project of Tides Advocacy

About Us

OUR MISSION:

 

We bring the fight for environmental justice to Orange County through advocacy, public accountability, healing, and systemic transformation.

OUR VISION:

Healthy shared environments that are home to resilient and thriving communities.

Orange County Environmental Justice

Staff and Board

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Enrique Valencia leads the development of Orange County Environmental Justice and the affiliated Orange County Environmental Justice Education Fund.  In his role, he collaborates with organizational stakeholders including the Advisory Board, partner organizations, and community residents.  Enrique began his work for social justice as a high school student when he organized around education issues with Californians for Justice.  His youth organizing experience was key in helping him understand that people organized in large numbers have the power to challenge injustice and pass favorable policies.  He went on to obtain a B.A. in political science from UC Berkeley and has since worked on voter engagement and organizing around labor, immigrant, and education issues.  Enrique understands the historical and present inequities that result in low-income communities of color bearing the disproportionate share of environmental devastation and he believes we must support the empowerment and organizing of these communities to lead the fights for environmental justice.

Project Director

Enrique Valencia

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Julie currently serves as the Development Manager at Environmental Charter Schools in South Los Angeles.  In her role, she works to develop and build partnerships while overseeing fundraising, marketing, grants and communication activities.  Julie has fifteen years of experience in nonprofit development and fundraising, youth development, and community arts, particularly in Orange County.  She currently serves on the board of the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA), the Steering Committee of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative and organizes with VietUnity-SoCal.  Julie is committed to developing powerful youth, promoting artistic expression as a way to nurture community, and building strategies for change within communities of color.  She has taught at the National Academy of Social Sciences in Vietnam.  Julie holds a B.A. in Sociology and Asian American Studies and a minor in Education from UCLA.  

Advisory Board Member

Julie Vo

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Ray Hiemstra has spent the last sixteen years at Orange County Coastkeeper working to preserve, protect, and restore coastal and inland water quality and habitat.  As Associate Director of Programs, his work includes water quality advocacy and policy development, Marine Protected Areas, species and habitat restoration, and water and sediment monitoring.  Ray is a member of numerous committees and workgroups including the Port of LA/Long Beach Harbor Safety Committee and Newport Bay Management Committee.  He is a lifelong resident of Orange County and spends his spare time working with the Sierra Club and community groups or outdoors with his family and friends.  

Advisory Board Member

Ray Hiemstra

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Connie McGuire, PhD, is Director of Community Relationships with the Community-based Research Initiative of the Newkirk Center for Science & Society at the University of California, Irvine.  She works on Research Justice oriented projects in a variety of settings including in the struggle for Environmental Justice. She is a cultural anthropologist and a Latin Americanist by training and teaches community based participatory research methods course in UCI's undergraduate Community Engagement Minor. Connie has trained in and works as a coach and guide in several mindfulness-based practices including yoga, meditation and Hakomi, a mindfulness-based, somatic method for assisted self-study.

Advisory Board Member

Connie McGuire

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Alana LeBrón is a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine’s Program in Public Health and Department of Chicano/Latino Studies. Her work focuses on community-engaged strategies to understand and address the health equity implications of policies, ideologies, and practices pertaining to (im)migration, government-issued IDs, environmental racism, and health care and social service access and utilization. Alana has partnered with OCEJ to advance the (Anti-)Soil Lead Project to identify the spatial distribution of soil lead throughout Santa Ana and identify factors that contribute to soil lead in the environment. The goal of this work is to inform policy and programmatic interventions to prevent lead exposures in the first place, and to address the impacts of lead exposure for health and health inequities. Alana received her BA in Gender and Women’s Studies from Bowdoin College, her MS in Public Health for the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, and her PhD from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Advisory Board Member

Alana LeBrón

Bay currently attends Orange Coast College full-time and is pursuing a Masters in Social Work. With ten years of experience as a community organizer working in diverse settings, Bay will continue serving marginalized communities with healing resources. Their experience as a Vietnamese gender non-conforming person has caused them to examine the organization of society and observe the unequal distribution of care among society members. Deeply troubled by the reality of oppression, Bay is committed to envisioning and actualizing compassionate and equitable societies.

Advisory Board Member

Bay Nguyen

Andrew Kanzler is the Vice Chair of Garden Grove's Planning Commission, Co-Founder of CIVIC GG, and Senior Resource Programs Specialist for the City of Anaheim. Andrew has held other stints with the Municipal Water District of Orange County, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, and the City of San Clemente as a Water Use Efficiency Programs Coordinator, Water Resource Analyst, and Water Conservation Analyst respectively. His award-winning work has benefited San Clemente and San Bernardino County and some of his programs have been adopted by other water agencies throughout the United States. He is an alumni of the Landscape Architecture undergraduate program and the Regenerative Studies graduate program at Cal Poly Pomona.

Advisory Board Member

Andrew Kanzler