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.
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. She was an officer in N.O.W on the local and state levels in Oklahoma.
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).
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.
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. She began her community activism in high school through the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and since then, she has volunteered her time fighting for immigrants rights, healthcare justice, housing and education.