At The Greenlining Institute, we don’t just talk about diversity, we practice it every day. Our talented staff and Academy participants come from a wide variety of backgrounds and bring a diverse range of life experiences to the work of advancing justice and equity for all of America’s communities.

Orson Aguilar | President
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Orson Aguilar is the President of the Greenlining Institute, one of the nation’s largest and most successful multi-ethnic, advocacy and leadership development nonprofits.  Greenlining envisions a nation where race is never a barrier to economic opportunity and communities of color thrive.  Because people of color will be the majority of our nation’s population by 2040, Greenlining believes that America will prosper only if communities of color prosper.

Under Orson’s leadership, Greenlining has become a leading voice in the movement to fight redlining by advocating for greenlining policies, particularly in the areas of the economy, the environment, health, energy, voting, and telecommunications.

Janine Macbeth | Vice President, Organizational Development & Sustainability
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As Vice President of Operations, Janine is responsible for enhancing the organization’s internal processes and infrastructure. She works closely with the organization’s development, communications, and administrative teams, and leads organizational development, evaluation, and budgeting. Prior to this role, Janine fundraised for Greenlining for over six years, serving as Development Director for three. In this capacity, she built Greenlining’s fundraising infrastructure, streamlined internal development processes, and engaged philanthropic partners. In her tenure, Janine worked closely with the Executive Director and policy teams to double the organization’s philanthropic foundation revenue.

Rosa Martinez | Office Director
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Rosa María Martinez is The Greenlining Institute’s Office Director, overseeing the management of our office and building. Previously, she worked with the Bridges to Health Team managing Greenlining’s Diversity in the Health Workforce initiative, looking at current representation of people of color at all levels within the health field. She also worked on ensuring that information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was reaching limited-English communities throughout California, conducting presentations across the state. Rosa María co-authored an issue brief designed to help ethnic small businesses understand key elements of the ACA affecting them.

Sasha Werblin | Economic Equity Director
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Sasha Werblin is a proud Oakland native who brings extensive nonprofit, public sector and campaign experience to the Economic Equity team. As Economic Equity Director, she works to build wealth, assets, and financial sustainability in communities of color. Her policy experience began as Greenlining’s Sustainable Development Fellow in 2007-2008. Between completion of her Academy fellowship and returning to Greenlining, Sasha ran Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s successful 2008 reelection campaign. She has also worked in Mombasa, Kenya to ensure that underserved communities were at the vanguard of local development initiatives and to build fundraising capacity for local community-based organizations. In addition, she was assistant director at a progressive campaign consulting firm mobilizing activists, building membership and fundraising for organizations like Amnesty International, Equality California and Save the Children.

Danielle Beavers | Economic Equity Senior Manager
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As the Economic Equity Senior Program Manager, Danielle advocates for a financial sector that looks more like America. This includes leading Greenlining’s work with the federal Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion and serving on the California Department of Insurance’s Diversity Task Force. For Danielle, every issue is an economic issue; utilizing the lived experiences and knowledge of communities of color in corporate America is essential to economic recovery and prosperity for the entire nation. To this effect, she regularly advises banks and their regulators on metrics to best measure workforce and supplier diversity. She received her B.A. from Stanford University in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity with Honors

Zachary Murray | Economic Equity Manager
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Zach Murray joined The Greenlining Institute as the Leadership Academy coordinator in January 2015. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Zach brings several years of experience in leadership development, public policy, and advocacy with a focus on low-income communities and boys and men of color. Most recently, Zach was the coordinator of policy advocacy and knowledge leadership for Larkin Street Youth Services, a leading provider of services for homeless youth in San Francisco.

Stephanie Chen | Energy & Telecommunications Policy Director
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Stephanie Chen directs Greenlining’s advocacy in energy and telecommunications policy. She oversees Greenlining’s legal counsel at the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Communications Commission, who advocate on a wide range of issues impacting underserved consumers and small businesses. Stephanie has litigated several high-profile cases impacting billions of dollars in utility rates, winning broad statewide protections for communities of color, low income ratepayers and small business owners.

Paul Goodman | Telecommunications Senior Legal Counsel
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Paul Goodman’s work is grounded in the belief that all telecommunications policy has racial equity impacts. He serves as Greenlining’s legal counsel at the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Communications Commission, advocating for underserved communities’ access to affordable and reliable telephone, video, and Internet services.  While at Greenlining, Paul has successfully opposed the highly anti-consumer proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, fought to preserve critical consumer protections for telephone service, and helped shape the evolution of state and federal Universal Service Programs.  He is a regular contributor to Greenlining’s blog, where he writes about telecommunications and competition policy.

Carmelita Miller | Energy Legal Counsel
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Carmelita Miller was born in the Philippines and grew up in South San Francisco, California.  She graduated from Sacramento State University where she became a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and earned a B.A. in History with a minor in Greek studies.  After a graduating from UC Hastings College of the Law, she became a Greenlining Legal Fellow in 2013-14, focusing on telecommunications policy.

David Huang | Energy Legal Fellow
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David Huang was born in Shanghai and has spent most of his life in Los Angeles, California. In 2011, he graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Bachelor of Science in psychology. More recently, David received his Juris Doctor from UC Hastings College of the Law, where he concentrated his studies in environmental and energy law. His interest in the intersection of law, social equity, energy and environment brought him to the Greenlining Institute, where he hopes to utilize his knowledge and experience to uplift the opportunities and representation of communities of color in issues of energy and the environment.

Alvaro S. Sanchez | Environmental Equity Director
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Alvaro S. Sanchez is an urban planner with extensive experience crafting, implementing, and evaluating strategies that leverage private and public investments to deliver community benefits to impacted communities. Alvaro leads our work on SB 535 (de León) which directs at least one quarter of California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to disadvantaged communities. He also leads our neighborhood-scale sustainability initiative, a comprehensive and scalable approach to greenhouse gas reduction that leverages private and public investment while improving underserved communities throughout California.

Joel Espino | Environmental Equity Legal Counsel
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Joel works to solve poverty and pollution by advocating for clean transportation choices and green economic opportunities for California’s underserved communities. He co-leads Greenlining’s clean transportation work implementing the Charge Ahead California Initiative, a law aiming to put a million electric cars and trucks on California roads by 2023 by making them more affordable and accessible to low- and moderate-income Californians. Joel is the lead author of “Electric Carsharing in Underserved Communities: Considerations for Program Success” and is always thinking of ways to make new shared mobility services more equitable. Prior to joining Greenlining, Joel was in law school where he worked on consumer protection issues with the Federal Trade Commission, civil rights cases for the Office of Staff Attorneys at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and death penalty cases for the California Appellate Project.

Sekita Grant | Environmental Equity Legal Counsel
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Sekita is part of our Environmental Equity team, where she works to make energy and climate policies in California equitable and beneficial to communities of color. She comes to Greenlining from Business for Social Rresponsibility, a California nonprofit where she worked as a climate and energy sustainability consultant to large corporations. Prior to that, Sekita worked as a policy advisor at the California Energy Commission in Sacramento. There she served as lead advisor to the chair on climate, transportation, and legal matters.

Sara Chandler | Environmental Equity Legal Fellow
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Sara is a Houston, Texas native who moved to the Bay Area to pursue a passion for environmental justice and an interest in the intersection of environmental law and clean technology. She graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in English with a concentration in literature of marginalized people and received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law. Sara’s previous work experience includes the Smithsonian Institution, the NRDC, US EPA, and San Francisco Baykeeper. Sara is committed to Greenlining’s work and looks forward to discovering ways environmental equity work can help low income communities celebrate their culture.

Anthony Galace | Bridges To Health Director
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Anthony’s passion for advocacy lies at the nexus of public policy, health equity, and racial justice. As the child of Filipino immigrants, his desire to advocate for underserved communities was shaped by his exposure to the struggles his family and other immigrants faced while coming to the United States. His background in health includes direct health care services, health education, and local advocacy. Anthony leads Greenlining’s health advocacy efforts to ensure fair and equitable implementation of the Affordable Care Act and access to health care and workforce opportunities for boys and men of color. Additionally, Anthony oversees Greenlining’s community benefit advocacy, which focuses on increasing investments towards upstream, preventive health resources to improve community health

Erika Cabato | Bridges to Health Fellow
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Erika Cabato is from Los Angeles, California, and is a transfer student graduate from UCLA with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. Erika recently graduated from San Diego State University with her Master’s in Public Health. Her master’s manuscript focused on highlighting racial and ethnic disparities in STIs amongst young women in San Diego. She is also proud to have been a part of Covered California’s first open enrollment period as a counselor at Operation Samahan assisting individuals through the process of applying for health insurance. Erika’s first exposure to public policy was at the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency, working to educate communities of color on city policies to promote food justice and increase access to urban agriculture and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Kerry Sakimoto | Bridges to Health Fellow
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Born and raised on Oahu, Kerry will always consider Hawai’i to be his community. He is a recent graduate of Occidental College with a B.A. in politics. During his undergraduate experience, Kerry founds his roots in community organizing and student activism, advocating for greater institutional support for students of color. Interning for the UCLA Downtown Research Center and Asian Americans Advancing Justice, he is interested in pursuing a career in public interest law. As an alumnus of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) program at the University of California, Berkeley, he is particularly concerned with the intersections of law and policy and the necessity of both to improve the lived experiences of marginalized folks.

Patrick Brown | Academy Director
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Patrick Brown joined Greenlining’s team in 2012 as the Manager of the Leadership Academy. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, he comes from a lineage of community and labor organizers. While completing his B.A. at DePaul University in Political Science with a minor in Environmental Science, he served as training coordinator for DePaul’s Labor Education Program.

Chagan Sanathu | Casa Joaquin House Manager
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Chagan Sanathu has a long history of engagement with the youth leadership programs — first as a 2010 Young People For (YP4) Fellow and later as a Center for Progressive Leadership Fellow. For 3 years, Chagan worked at the Young People For offices in Washington, DC, where she worked with the 12-person alumni board to help support the YP4 program. Chagan graduated in 2012 from Goshen College with a degree in business and public relations. During her time as an undergraduate, Chagan interned at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities where she researched the effects of child tax credit and earned income tax credit of low-income communities, with an emphasis on women who survived domestic violence.

Joshua Delfin | Academy Manager
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Joshua started his nonprofit career at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, working in the Community and Leadership Department. From there, he spent close to five years supporting the legal and project team at the National Center for Lesbian Rights as the Senior Legal and Project Assistant. Joshua was lucky to support the filing of the 2008 marriage cases, assist the Youth Project on issues pertaining to foster care and juvenile justice, and work with an amazing team of attorneys and advocates. Joshua was the 2012-2014 Education Fellow at The San Francisco Foundation, assisting in grantmaking for Early Childhood Education, Community Schools, and Equity program areas. While at The San Francisco Foundation, Joshua oversaw the LGBT fund grantmaking to LGBT organizations in the Bay Area.

Javier Kordi | Academy Coordinator
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As the Academy’s Program Coordinator, Javier supports the Academy as it works to develop a new generation of multi-ethnic leaders. Javier grew up in the Bay Area in a family of Syrian and Mexican immigrants. For many years, he’s been passionate about how racial equity affects one’s ability to build a better life.

Before joining Greenlining, he coordinated communications for Aspiration, a nonprofit that helps make technology more inclusive and accessible for social change efforts. At Aspiration, he helped organize and facilitate interactive events where people shared knowledge and grew collaborations across California. Javier graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies in 2013, with a concentration in human rights.

Braelan Murray | Communications Director
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Braelan Murray, a Bay Area native, is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he received his B.F.A. in Film and Video Production. An award-winning filmmaker with over a decade of experience using media as a tool for advancing social change, his portfolio includes work for local unions, progressive nonprofits and cutting-edge media design firms —notably as editor and videographer on Annie Leonard’s world-renowned animated short, The Story of Stuff. As Communications Director at The Greenlining Institute, Braelan has expanded and transformed Greenlining’s use of all forms of media to tell the stories of the issues and communities we advocate for, greatly expanding the organization’s presence in all forms of new media.

Bruce Mirken | Media Relations Director
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Bruce Mirken brings two decades of journalism and communications experience as well as a long history of activism to his position as Media Relations Director. An award-winning writer who serves as Greenlining’s resident editor and all-purpose wordsmith, Bruce’s work has appeared in wide range of publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Men’s Health, and The Advocate. From 2001 through 2009, he served as Director of Communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. In that capacity, he appeared frequently on radio and television, including ABC World News, Anderson Cooper 360, and The Rachel Maddow Show, and was quoted in newspapers and magazines worldwide. His activist career began in the LGBT community (starting just out of college with the campaign against Proposition 6, which would have fired gay or lesbian schoolteachers in California) and quickly branched out to a wide array of social justice issues.

Conrad Contreras | Communications Manager
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Conrad Contreras brings his experience in digital and messaging strategy to Greenlining after graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015. Prior to Greenlining, he was a Fellow at Fenton, an agency that supports organizations and corporations accelerate social progress through communications. His work on multiple accounts in Fenton include crafting ad copies for Philanthropy University’s launch and securing media coverage in multiple outlets for a national report on youth povery by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. During his undergraduate career, he brought district candidates and the CA Secretary of State to UCLA in a campaign he directed to educate and register voters. Conrad also spearheaded a statewide campaign on college affordability, successfully preventing a tuition increase through digital communications, direct action, and lobbying.

Rachel Lu | Development Manager
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Rachel cut her professional teeth as a bootstrapping AmeriCorps member, working with the non-profit Mission Economic Development Agency to spearhead strategy for and implementation of the SparkPoint Initiative. In that capacity, she worked with coalition partners to bring wealth-building services to low-income families. After completing her AmeriCorps service, Rachel began working at Greenlining, where she manages grants, supports fundraising efforts, and builds out and customizes the organization’s Salesforce database.

Mariah Gonzalez | Events Manager
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Mariah coordinates Greenlining’s Annual Economic Summit, Academy Graduation and various events throughout the year. Prior to joining the Greenlining team, she helped to start-up Insight Garden Program, a nonprofit that builds gardens and offers job training in prisons across California. After receiving a degree in Food Systems, Ethnic Studies and Political Economy from UC Berkeley, her love of traditional foods and non-profit life led her to La Cocina, a food business incubator in San Francisco. It was there that she fell in love with the adrenaline rollercoaster that is event management — helping pull off the San Francisco Street Food Festival, an event that attracts 60,000 attendees to highlight La Cocina’s women-of-color-owned businesses. Mariah is committed to work that helps provide good jobs, meaningful work and economic opportunity to low-income communities.

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