Our Organizing Leaders
Los Angeles is home to some of the most passionate and effective grassroots leaders in the country. Meet a few of the people who are changing our city for the better.
Her most recent involvement encompasses international, national and regional advocacy and service work with the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition. She has organized educational forums regarding multi-ethnic migration, health, education, and housing; advocated for comprehensive immigration reform and undocumented students’ issues; and raised $3,000 for immigrant families in sanctuary at local churches and over $8,000 in scholarships for CSULB immigrant students.
Quintero is also a member of the steering committee for the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community. She has conducted media interviews about the need for good jobs in Long Beach, addressed the Long Beach City Council about the “working poor” and the need for a livable wage, and helped to organize many community delegations, marches, and educational events.
Since 2006 Quintero has served on the board of the African Well Fund, an organization dedicated to building and maintaining fresh water wells in Africa. She has organized various educational forums for the community, religious institutions, and schools; forged partnerships with leading international organizations; and worked to provide clean drinking water to more than 200,000 people in over 12 countries.
Quintero is a monthly volunteer with the Long Beach Community Action Team, which is dedicated to promoting social well-being among the Long Beach community by implementing youth programs, environmental stewardship, and animal welfare. She has also been involved in the CSULB community since becoming a student in 2005. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology at CSULB in 2007 and will complete her certificate in geographic information systems this month.
Adriano Martinez is an attorney for NRDC’s Southern California Environmental Justice Project. His work focuses on improving air quality and reducing environmental impacts on communities in Southern California through the enforcement of state and federal laws, including the Clean Air Act and the California Environmental Quality Act, as well as through advocacy.
NRDC supports the Don’t Waste LA initiative because it is critical to protecting the environment and sustainability of Los Angeles. The organization has deep roots in Los Angeles, and they want to see it thrive as an exceptional model of a green city. This includes fixing a waste system that currently is not living up to its potential to maximize recycling and other ways to reduce the amount of waste we process.
As a resident of Southern California, Martinez has always been personally interested in waste issues. He thinks Los Angeles is not living up to its potential to reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfills, and fixing our broken waste system is necessary to making this a reality.
Martinez believes there are numerous consequences of failing to address our waste issues. Landfills and other waste handling facilities have immense impacts on surrounding communities through noise, air and water pollution. In addition, waste trucks travel through our neighborhoods every day, which creates pollution and safety concerns.
Alisia Guerrero has lived in Wilmington for 40 years and remembers when it was surrounded by supermarkets and shops where soldiers and tourists shopped. Her advocacy began when she got involved with the Brown Berets when they were organizing the community to oppose police brutality. Over the years she has been active with the senior center, the Banning’s Landing Association and other commuity groups.
Ms. Guerrero has been active in LAANE’s Construction Careers Project since 2008 and has attended hearings, collected postcards of support and served as an important voice for the campaign She joined our committee because she wants Wilmington to be the middle-class neighborhood it once was.