Executive Board Members
Anabel Nevarez serves as the President of the Inland Equity Community Land Trust. She is currently the co-chair for the Inland Empire chapter of Democratic Socialists of America that serves Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Gabriela Armenta is of Mexican and Mexica/Indigenous descent. Gabriella is the Co-Founder of Danza Azteca Citlaltonac, a traditional Mexica group founded in the Coachella Valley in 2007, and Talking Circle Citlaltonac. The legacy and spirit of this group’s origins comes with the belief of Musica, Canto, y Danza…mantiene el cuerpo y el espíritu en armonía / Music, Song, and Dance keeps the body and spirit in harmony as a way of LIFE.
Matthew Snyder received his Ph.D in English at UC Riverside and is a Continuing Lecturer in the University Writing Program there. He is also a writer and activist, as well as a co-host of the podcast, The Future Is A Mixtape (www.thefutureisamixtape.com ). After his involvement with Occupy Riverside, he co-founded the organization, The 28ers (website: 28ers.org).
Candy Doss has a B.A. in Liberal Arts, studied Spanish and Russian languages for 3 years at Univ. of Oklahoma. She was in banking in Oklahoma for 10 years and supervisor at Census Bureau in Atlanta before moving to California in 1989. She retired from US Postal Service in 2013 with 22 years of service. She has been active in political campaigns since the 1980s as a recruiter of volunteers, event organizer and fundraiser.
Blanca Lopez serves as the Inland Region Campaign Director of Golden State Opportunity Foundation and CalEITC4Me. As the National Campaign Coordinator for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Lopez implemented several Latino civic engagement campaigns across seven states during the 2016 Presidential Election.
Michael Milan works for the City of Palm Springs in the vacation rental department. Michael is the Chapter President for Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Inland Empire chapter. He brings several years of fundraising and strategic planning to the organization. Michael is an American of Filipino descent.
Penny Newman is on the Advisory Board of the Inland Equity Community Land Trust. She is the Founder of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ), a non-profit, grassroots, base-building organization working on environmental health and justice issues in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. She retired in March of 2018 after 40 years of service.
Gerald Katz is the developer of EcoAcre, an ecological living demonstration project featuring a solar powered off grid rammed earth home that shows how green building can provide affordable, safe and comfortable alternatives to the unsustainable methods of construction. The concept of EcoAcre is to achieve as much energy and resources from an acre of desert land to provide fo
Rania Safi is on the Advisory Board of the Inland Equity Community Land Trust. Rania is a lead union representative with UDW where she actively develops leaders among union members through quality trainings and relationship building.
Andrew Simolke is on the Advisory Board of the Inland Equity Community Land Trust. Andrew Simolke is a lead Union representative at UDW Home Care Providers Union. He has done volunteer service for local social justice organisations in the Inland Empire. Andrew is white, and has an extensive background in planning community events, protest-action and public speaking.
Deborah Harmon is on the Advisory Board of the Inland Equity Community Land Trust. Deborah was born in Torrance, CA., graduated from Carson High School in 1982. Today, Deborah is a resident of San Bernardino, Ca. with 3 wonderful grandchildren. Deborah also volunteers in her community for various organizations.
Anthony J. Noriega is a Veterans of the Viet Nam Conflict, attended various colleges in Southern California. He was employed at Los Angeles Air Force Base as a civilian Federal Employee Management Relations Specialist and went on the become the Personnel Advisor to Major General Robert E. Duignan, commander 4th Air Force Reserve Command, located at March Air Reserve Base.