Jump to staff organized by departments:

Administration & Finance
Development
Research
Healthy Kids
Border Environmental Justice
Voter Empowerment
Toxic-Free Neighborhoods

Administration & Finance

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Diane Takvorian
Executive Director

Diane takvorianDiane is one of the founders of EHC and has been its Executive Director since 1982. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work with an emphasis on public policy and community organizing. As a major force behind the environmental justice movement, Diane has served on international, national, state, and regional advisory boards. In 2009, President Obama appointed her to the Joint Public Advisory Committee for the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation. In July 2008 Diane received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for her "creative and inspirational leadership benefiting the people of California."

Diane and her husband Bob enjoy adventure travel, working on the native plant landscaping in their yard, and Diane's cooking specialty is vegetarian soups.

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Tony Pettina
Chief Financial Officer

Tony PettinaTony was one of the founding members of EHC and has been with the organization since its inception in 1980. He has been involved in the financial operations of EHC since that time. He served as Treasurer of the Board of Directors until 2006. Tony holds a M.A. degree in Philosophy from San Diego State University, and B.A.s Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. He has worked in the Human Service Network in San Diego since 1978. He is the owner of Fiscal Design & Management. Systems, providing financial services to non-profit organizations in the San Diego area since 1983.

Tony and his wife Twili enjoy world travel, family, music, golf, and the beauty of San Diego.

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Lilia Escalante
Fiscal Manager

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Lilia joined EHC in 2000 with an AA degree in accounting and business management, and is completing a degree in international business. She is bilingual and is a certified translator/interpreter. In addition to her fiscal responsibilities, Lilia translates EHC publications and provides oral interpretation for events.

Lilia and her three children live next to Chollas Creek, the focus of EHC's urban watershed protection efforts. She and her family volunteer for watershed cleanup events.

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Kathrina Barajas
Operations Manager

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Kat joined EHC after eight years of providing administrative and project management support to senior level executives and directors at nonprofit, for-profit and startup organizations. Currently working on a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Maryland University College, she enjoys discovering how to merge her intrigue for business operations and her passion for environmental and social justice.

Growing up in a military family, Kat has had the opportunity to travel the globe and experience a vast array of different cultures. She recently moved to San Diego and spends her time outside of EHC attending cultural events and live concerts around San Diego.

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Julie Corrales
Executive Assistant

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Julie has two decades of experience in the private sector, providing administrative and project management support in the construction, engineering, and land development fields. She grew up in City Heights and now lives in Barrio Logan, both environmental justice communities, and in 2018 she merged her passion for environmental and social justice with her administrative skills by joining EHC.

She performs her poetry and spoken word at various venues in San Diego, her poetry has been featured on La Bloga and her essays have been published in local print media. Julie is on the Leadership Council of People Over Profits San Diego.

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Karla Weber

Administrative Assistant

karlaKarla joined EHC in December 2016 with 11 years of experience in administration and finance. Born in Chula Vista and raised in Tijuana, she commuted across the U.S./Mexico border on a daily basis to attend school   and work. Karla enjoys spending her spare time in Imperial Beach, where she currently lives with her husband and two daughters.

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Giuliana Schroeder
Individual Giving Director

bio2Giuliana’s love for nature foreshadowed her career in environmental protection early on. Having grown up both in San Diego and central Mexico, she hoped to one day be able to contribute to environmental justice bi-nationally.

Since 2006, she has worked with dozens of local and international environmental organizations —such as Pronatura Mexico A.C., The Ocean Foundation, Pro Peninsula,  Sea Turtle Conservancy, WildCoast, Living Coast Discovery Center, and Global Leadership Adventures—in a variety of capacities, including event planning, development, education, translation and communications. She has a B.A. in humanities, a minor in Fine Arts, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Environmental Visual Communications.

She is fascinated by different cultures, has lived all over the world, including Italy, Japan, Peru, Costa Rica and Canada, and studied 5 languages. She enjoys yoga, brunch, and hanging out with her dog Manolo.

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Dominique Navarro
Fund Development Director

Dominique edit3Dominique joined EHC's development team in 2016 after working with various partners including the Center on Policy Initiatives and The San Diego Foundation Center for Civic Engagement in functions including grant writing, event planning, and community outreach. She has always been passionate about social and environmental justice and has worked on environmental education efforts in the U.S., Costa Rica and Mozambique.

She has a M.A. in International Environmental Policy and a B.A. in Environmental Systems with a minor in Ethnic Studies. She loves to travel, dance, try new food, and spend time with her three rescue dogs.

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Angela Rivera
Communications Consultant

Angela Rivera EHCAngela is a communications strategist with a heart for nonprofits and socially-conscious businesses. Angela brings purpose, cause, and belief to the forefront of outbound communications to create loyal (and passionate!) brand advocates.

When she’s not doing that, though, she’s likely scouring San Diego for the best cortado, roaming the San Diego Zoo with her boyfriend, or geeking out over the latest J.K. Rowling tweet.

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Joy Williams
Research Director

Joy WilliamsJoy received a Master of Public Health degree, with an emphasis in Environmental and Occupational Health, in 1986. She worked as a Hazardous Waste Specialist for the San Diego County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program. Joy interned with EHC in 1984 and began working at EHC in 1987. She specializes in the health effects of toxic chemicals, pollution prevention, community right-to-know, toxic use reduction and safe substitute programs, and community health.

Joy lives with her husband, son and cat. She enjoys reading, gardening, kayaking, and listening to her son play the French horn.

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Healthy Kids

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Leticia Ayala
Campaign Director, Healthy Kids

Leticia edit2Leticia received a B.A. in Business Administration in 1994, became a certified Lead Hazard Control Specialist in 2000, and was Home Energy Rating System certified in 2010. She joined EHC as Office Manager in 1995, became Membership Associate in 1997, Coordinator of EHC's pilot lead poisoning prevention project in 1998, and Campaign Director in 2002. In high school, Leticia was the Youth Representative for the Los Angeles Mayor's Committee on Children, Youth and Families. She is a member of the San Diego Citizen Advisory Committee for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention, the Southern California Healthy Homes Collaborative, Smoke-Free Housing Taskforce and the California Healthy Housing Coalition. Leticia is a 2010 graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Institute.

Leticia enjoys working for justice and is passionate about protecting children rights. She enjoys nature, traveling, photography, camping, feng shui, and dancing Rueda de Casino with her husband Pablo.

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Border Environmental Justice

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Magdalena Cerda-Baez
Campaign Director, Border Environmental Justice Campaign

Magdalena edit2Magdalena joined EHC in 2000. She was technical coordinator for the Mexican government agency INEA (Instituto Nacional de Educación para los Adultos), where she worked with adult literacy programs in the border region. She served as president of a community group in Colonia Guadalupe Victoria in Tijuana that secured land rights and infrastructure from the Mexican Government. In 2009, she received the Grass Roots Organizer award from the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries.

Magdalena likes EHC's environmental and social justice efforts to create a world where many worlds can co-exist. Her family and friends are her joy, strength, and inspiration; dancing is her therapy. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, dancing, gardening, traditional Mexican cooking, sewing, and arts and crafts.

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Aníbal Méndez
Community Organizer, Border Environmental Justice Campaign

Anibal edit2Aníbal joined EHC in 2008 as the Youth Group Coordinator for our Tijuana Community Action Team. He has a degree in psychology, is a graphic and webpage designer, a musician and composer, and has been a teacher, therapist, radio spokesperson, and video performer.

Aníbal enjoys seeing the Tijuana Youth Group members develop, learn, and increase their commitment to each other and to improving the quality of life in their community. His personal interests include music, psychology, reading, and sewing.

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Voter Empowerment

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Franco García
Associate Director of Organizing

Franco GarciaFranco joined EHC in 2010. He has a B.A in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego. He directed the Community Building Department at the Coalition of Neighborhood Councils in San Diego and worked with the United Domestic Workers of America and SEIU 2028.

Franco likes working for environmental justice to secure a safe and healthy environment for the community. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.

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Toxic-Free Neighborhoods

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Carolina Martínez
Associate Director of Policy

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Carolina works together with residents in low-income communities of color to advocate for climate and land use policies that respect their priorities, improve health, and are consistent with environmental justice principles. For 8 years she worked with National City residents implementing a comprehensive community plan that phased out polluting industries out of a residential neighborhood and created an affordable housing project. Currently, she is advancing the equitable implementation of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan.

Caro is a proud Colombian immigrant who enjoys working at the intersection of liberation, race, culture, gender, civic engagement, environmental issues, health and city planning in the struggle for environmental justice. Carolina has M.A.s in Urban Planning and Latin American Studies and spends her free time learning to play Son Jarocho and dance Puerto Rican Bomba.

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Ana Castro Reynoso
Policy Advocate, Transportation Justice

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Ana Castro Reynoso joined EHC in 2017. As a bilingual Afro-Latina child of immigrants, Ana grew up in the Caribbean and spent a large portion of her life in New York, where she earned the honor of being a “40 under 40 Rising Star” by the Hispanic Coalition of New York. She graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a focus in Africana Studies. 

Ana often expresses her excitement to work with an organization that allows her to discuss and engage with her standpoint as a queer black femme. She believes the power and history of her ancestors survive and inform her environmental praxis. She loves mangos, lives in Chula Vista and looks forward to exploring the region further by bike.

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Tuan Luu
Community Organizer, City Heights

Tuan edit2Tuan joined EHC in 2014, inspired to get the Vietnamese community and other communities in City Heights involved in planning and making changes to improve their neighborhood. Before joining EHC, Tuan worked with the United Domestic Workers of America and the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees for ten years as Lead Organizer. 

Tuan speaks fluent English, Vietnamese and Cantonese and loves his work mobilizing and connecting community members in City Heights.

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Sandy Naranjo
Policy Advocate, National City

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Sandy Naranjo came to EHC in 2017 as the National City policy advocate. She is a proud National City resident who has dedicated more than a decade of her life to improving the lives of immigrants, the LGBTQIA community, workers, people of color and women. Sandy was recognized in 2014 as the San Diego Business Journal's "Top 20 in their 20s" and was awarded "Woman of the Year" from the office of Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher.

Sandy was raised by parents who immigrated to the United States, and like many other immigrants, faced harsh racism and classism. Her father was a union ironworker who taught her that the wedge between poverty and a good life for working people are unions. Sandy attributes her activism and passion for social justice to her father.

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Monserrat Hernández
Community Organizer, National City

Monserrat edit2Monserrat learned about the opportunity to participate with EHC at her children's school and then served on EHC's Barrio Logan Community Action Team for five years. During that time, she was involved in the effort to change truck routes in the community. Monserrat began working at EHC in 2007.

Monserrat likes meeting people in the community, working with them to improve the quality of life for families and learn about social and environmental justice.

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Jerry Rivero
Campaign Director, Toxic-Free Neighborhoods

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Even before Jerry joined EHC in 2017, he had dedicated himself to serving families and communities in the Los Angeles region that struggle with high levels of toxic pollution. With a Masters in Planning in Social and Community Planning from the University of Southern California, he brings his passion for urban planning to improve the quality of life in low-income communities of color.

Now, Jerry does the same work in the San Diego/Tijuana region as our Toxic-Free Neighborhoods Director. His role empowers him to advocate for healthy and safe communities by influencing local policy and driving decision makers to prioritize environmental justice.

In his spare time Jerry can be found enjoying and playing music under the shade of an oak tree with his lovely wife Noemi.

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Jorge Gonzalez
Barrio Logan Community Organizer, Voter Engagement Coordinator

jorge edit3Jorge considers himself a first generation fronterizo since he grew up living in San Diego and visiting Tijuana, Mexico regularly to see family. He began working with EHC in April of 2016. Jorge double majored in Native American Studies, Spanish and Chicano Studies. He has an M.A. from UCSB in Latin American & Iberian Studies. He joined EHC because he believes in its mission to raise awareness and build grassroots advocacy to fight against environmental racism in disadvantage communities at a local, regional and state
level.

In his free time Jorge enjoys cooking, live music, collecting records, the outdoors, traveling and urban gardening. On his days off, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids.

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