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Carla is a 35 year old dedicated mother and community organizer of Native/Latin American heritage residing in Oakland, California. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 1999 with a BS in Conservation & Resource Studies with an emphasis on Environmental Racism. She has worked on issues of environmental justice and sustainable agriculture with community groups from Yucatán, Mexico to Bay Area environmental justice communities such as Richmond and Bay View Hunters Point in San Francisco.
Prior to joining MG in 2007 as a Planning Committee member and co-founder of the Justice & Ecology Project, Carla spent 8 years as staff at Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) as a Leadership Training Coordinator, grassroots organizer and most recently as CBE’s Northern California Program Director. Carla is a certified Popular Education Trainer and Indigenous Permaculture Design Consultant. She is a climate justice organizer with the Mobilization for Climate Justice West and a member of the Ruckus Society’s People of Color Trainer Network.
Today Carla coordinates MG’s community eco-justice training program, manages the MG Trainers Network and leads MG’s Resiliency and Permaculture work. Carla’s hard work is done in dedication to her daughter and to the Spirit of Creation.