Who is CAP

California Partnership is an economic justice statewide coalition of low income, people of color and community-based groups, organizing and advocating for the policies and programs that work to reduce and end poverty.

CAP Board members:

George Aguilar, CAP Board Chair President of LULAC of Inland Empire and Aguilar and Associates. Mr. Aguilar is a business owner (Aguilar and Associates) with strong ties to the local community. Along with LULAC, Mr. Aguilar is part of the Chicano Latino Caucus and Vice Chair of the Colton Utilities Commission. He helped create La Esperanza Market in the city of San Bernardino. LULAC of Inland Empire works closely with CAP on the local and statewide Health4All advocacy, Fight for 15, ethnic studies, and in engaging youth through LULAC’s youth Health Ambassador program. He has been part of developing businesses and mentoring many others. Mr. Aguilar is passionate about developing an effective organization that makes a positive impact on his community.

Luz Gallegos, Community Programs Director of TODEC Legal Center has agreed to be on the advisory board. TODEC (Training Occupational Development Educating Communities) Legal Center is a grassroots community based non-profit organization that has been serving migrant communities in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial Counties. Luz Gallegos has worked with California Partnership since 2013 in various capacities, including both county and statewide work and through their grassroots leaders they have been pivotal in sharing their anti-poverty stories through various policy advocacy and media events.

Clarissa Woo, Director of Policy Advocacy of ACLU Southern California, helps identify policy change opportunities and develops strategic campaigns at the local, state, and national level related to economic and criminal justice policies. Clarissa has advocated with California Partnership on various anti-poverty state legislation, and attended regular CAP LA Chapter meetings and has helped identify policy change opportunities and develop strategic campaigns at the statewide level.

Victoria Malone Community Relations Manager for SEIU Local 721

Ed Anderson California State President of National Association of African American State Housing-NIOAAH

Cynthia Buiza Executive Director for California Immigrant Policy Center

James Sweeney Consultant for Black American Political Association of California

CAP Staff:

Maribel Nunez

Mary Koharchick
Central Valley Organizer

Karen Kandamby
Los Angeles Organizer

Mary Jane Sanchez-Fulton, MA
Program Development

Maria De Anda
Program Development

Ipyani Lockert
Inland Valley Organizer

Erick Lemus
Coachella Valley Organizer

Jeff Green
Research and Policy Analyst