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. Penny professional education is in Speech and Language Pathology with an emphasis in neuropathology. She earned her Associate of Arts degree (with Great Distinction) from Riverside Community College and in 1981 received her Bachelor of Science degree (with Honors) in Communicative Disorders from California State University at Fullerton. Penny has been active in the community through many civic organizations including Little League, Cub/Boy Scouts, PTA and Junior Women’s Club. She earned the inaugural “Jurupa’s Citizen of the Year” award from the West Riverside Business Association. In 1978, seeing the threat to her children and the community, Penny focused her attention on the Stringfellow Acid Pits, a hazardous waste dump site located in Pyrite Canyon and began organizing to stop exposures from the then uncontrolled toxic chemicals.
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