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Dr. Catherine Garoupa White, Executive Director

Dr. Catherine Garoupa White 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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Cynthia Pinto-Cabrera, Policy Assistant

Cynthia 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.

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