Dr. Catherine Garoupa White, Executive Director
Dr. Catherine Garoupa White (she/her & they/them) returned as Executive Director in December 2019. In this capacity, Garoupa White spearheads policy advocacy for clean air in the San Joaquin Valley in close collaboration with coalition members and manages internal operations. Dr. Garoupa White has a long history working on social and environmental justice issues in the Valley, where she was born and raised. In 2006, Garoupa White was hired as CVAQ’s Madera County Community Organizer, then served as Director from 2009 to 2011. She left to pursue a PhD in Geography at UC Davis, working on community engaged research projects and completing her dissertation on the movement for clean air and environmental justice in the San Joaquin Valley. After graduating in 2016, she advanced efforts to end extreme extraction and plan a just transition off fossil fuels with Californians Against Fracking and Dangerous Drilling, and served on the CVAQ Steering Committee from 2018 to 2019. Dr. Garoupa White has taught social work, geography, and community and regional development at California State University, Fresno, UC Davis, and CSU Sacramento and is currently a geography lecturer at CSU Stanislaus and Columbia College.
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Jasmin Martinez, Coordinator
Jasmin (they & she) grew up in Delano, California, and is a first-generation college graduate from Stanford University. Throughout her undergraduate career, Jasmin advocated for Stanford’s Ethnic Studies programs and support networks for marginalized members of her campus community. She remained an active community organizer in the Central Valley by returning during her summers to collaborate on city council initiatives in her hometown and intern in the Kern County American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) office. This work inspired her senior project on the historical siting of prisons and pollution in the Central Valley and the ongoing organizing to combat it. After graduating under the COVID-19 pandemic, Jasmin joined California Rural Legal Assistance to help low-income workers navigate (un)employment programs before taking a role to facilitate case management for students and families disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. She was also appointed to the Delano Community Law Liaison Board to foster accountability and transparency of the Delano Police Department. As she joins the CVAQ team, Jasmin brings her lived and studied experiences along with a deep commitment to racial justice work in the Central Valley.
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Cynthia Pinto-Cabrera, Policy Assistant
Cynthia (she/her) advocates at the local, regional and state level for clean air policies and assists in community engagement and education. In 2018, Pinto-Cabrera was CVAQ’s Action Day Intern and participated in the Clean Air Leadership Institute. Cynthia was an Undergraduate Representative for the University of California, Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) Center Governance Board and a member of UCSB Lobby Corps. Pinto-Cabrera received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2019. She is originally from the Fresno-Madera area. As an asthmatic she hopes to uplift the priorites of those who are most impacted by air pollution in the Valley.
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Chistina C. Olague, Policy Assistant
Christina (she & they) studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where they carried out field work for several academic research projects. They were born and raised in Fresno and have a deep love for birds, art, and community. Their goal is to help facilitate movement building for environmental justice in the Central Valley and to, one day, have a thriving garden.
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