GREENACTION FOR HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2016
Dalila Adofo, Board Secretary, is a resident of East Palo Alto, California and started organizing at the age of 12 when she joined Youth United for Community Action. Dalila was active in the campaigns that closed the Romic hazardous waste plant and in developing the community plan for future use of that site. Now a student at San Francisco State University, she continues to volunteer at YUCA, has worked with the California Fund for Youth Organizing (CFYO) and helped coordinate and strategize a way for the California Student and Youth Bill of Rights to be passed.
Miguel Alatorre Jr. is a youth environmental justice activist and a co-founder of Kids Protecting Our Planet, a youth environmental justice organization in the Latino, farmworker community of Kettleman City, California. Miguel is a leader in the fight to close the Chemical Waste Management hazardous waste dump near his home, the largest such landfill in the western U.S. Miguel’s grandparents were original founders of Greenaction and he is the third generation of community activists in his community.
Roberta Camacho is a resident and community leader in the agricultural town of Gonzales in California’s Salinas Valley. Roberta is active with the community group Asamblea de Gonzales, and worked with residents and Greenaction to defeat plans for a proposed plasma arc garbage incineration plant. Roberta played a key role with Asamblea and Greenaction to file a state civil rights complaint against the Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority that succeeded in improving that government agency’s translation and public participation policies to make them more accessible to non-English speakers. Roberta has also helps coordinate Greenaction’s Gonzales Youth Environmental Justice Leadership Academy that has educated and empowered Latino/a high school students to be community leaders, attend college and learn about environmental justice and sustainable agriculture.
Dr. Henry Clark is Executive Director of the West County Toxics Coalition in Richmond, California, a community impacted by chemical plants, refineries and superfund sites. Henry is a nationally recognized leader of the environmental justice movement and serves on the Steering Committees of the Bay Area Environmental Health Collaborative and California Environmental Justice Coalition. Henry is a long time member of the North Richmond Municipal Advisory Council,
Alfredo Figueroa is a leader of the Sacred Sites Protection Circle, working to protect Indigenous sacred and culturally significant sites from destruction. He co-founded of Escuela de la Raza Unida in Blythe, California, and was co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union in the Coachella and Palo Verde Valleys. Alfredo was co-founder of the Colorado River Ward Valley Coordinating Committee.
David Harper is the Chairperson of the Mohave Elders of the Colorado River Indian Tribes and the Mohave Cultural Preservation Program, based in Parker, Arizona. Dave was a leader of the campaign that defeated the proposed Ward Valley nuclear waste dump and is currently working with his tribe to protect sacred sites and stop pollution threats to the Colorado River and tribal members.
Teresa Johnson is a mother and advisor to Children for a Safe Environment in Phoenix, Arizona. Teri got involved when her daughter passed away after growing up in a contaminated community.
Flora Lu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The recipient of the 2010 Golden Apple teaching award and the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Awards at UCSC, Flora develops campus/community collaborations centered on community based research and service learning where students and faculty partner with EJ organizations. Flora has worked with Native Amazonian communities in northeastern Ecuador for the past two decades, documenting ecological, cultural, and economic changes.
John Mataka, Board Treasurer, is a community leader with the Grayson Neighborhood Council in California’s San Joaquin Valley. John was co-founder of the Central California Environmental Justice Network, and has been an organizer and advocate for social and environmental justice for the low-income Latino communities in Stanislaus County and across the Valley. In 2014 John helped co-found the California Environmental Justice Coalition. John and the Grayson Neighborhood Council worked with Greenaction to defeat plans to import and burn medical waste and led the fight to stop the mega-expansion of the local garbage landfill.
Esperanza Maya is a co-founder of El Pueblo Para Aire y Agua Limpio in KettlemanCity and helped lead the successful fight to stop the incinerator proposed by Chem Waste. Esperanza was a co-founder of California Communities Against Toxics.
Lori Thomas Riddle, Board Chair, is co-founder of the Gila River Alliance for a Clean Environment (GRACE), a grassroots tribal member organization on the Gila River Indian Community reservation in Arizona working on environmental and sacred site and cultural protection. Lori was a leader in the fights that closed the Romic toxic waste plant and the Stericycle incinerator on the reservation. Lori and her family were poisoned by living on a site contaminated by pesticides.
HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS:
Judy Brady is a cancer activist, cancer survivor and writer who works to unite cancer survivors with community and environmental health and justice organizations to stop cancer by stopping pollution.
Tessie Ester is a co-founder of the Bayview Hunters Point Mothers Committee for Health and Environmental Justice, President of the Huntersview Tenants Association and a leader in the victory that closed the polluting PG&E Hunters Point Power Plant.
Mamie Harper is a Mohave Elder of the Colorado River Indian Tribes and was a leader in the victory against the Ward Valley nuclear waste dump. Mamie and the Elders are working to evict a hazardous waste company off of tribal lands to protect the health and culture of their people.