From Crisis to Action Part 1: Mobilizing for Equity, Resilience, and Recovery in Rural and Farmworker Communities
Dr. Edward Orozco Flores is an associate professor of sociology, and serves as the Faculty Director of the UC Merced Community and Labor Center. Dr. Flores has published several journal articles and two books. At the Community and Labor Center, Dr. Flores has served as co-PI on several major projects, including the Farmworker Health Study. Dr. Flores also led a research and policy brief series that produced numerous reports, briefs, and fact sheets on workers. The center's research has been cited regularly in mainstream media and by state elected officials, and has led to major policy change in California.
Hello my name is Daisy Salazar I was born and raised in Santa Maria, California. I come from Mixtec parents whose motherland is in the southern part of Oaxaca, Mexico. After high school I left to the bay area to study at San Francisco State University, where I majored in Sociology and minored in health education. After I graduated I came back to my hometown for personal reasons which is when I found my way into MICOP. I came into MICOP as a COVID - 19 promotora. However after a while I decided to continue with my education and left for a while. Yet I found my way back into MICOP as program manager of the SAI (storm assistance for immigrants) program. So far my team and I have been very busy helping out the community and getting the application in. Our phones do not stop ringing with community members asking for appointments. With so much necessity we have appointments scheduled three weeks in advance and our program has only been running for exactly a week (on June 15). A little more about myself, in my free time I greatly enjoy a good gym workout, hiking, the beach, and an occasional good fictional book.
Samantha is a passionate and dedicated equity champion committed to liberating and channeling capital into under-resourced communities. As the Grantmaking and Special Projects Director, Samantha leads all LCF grantmaking as well as the CA Wildfire Relief Fund. She is dedicated to social justice and advancing equitable strategies to drive social, environmental, and economic impact in Latino communities. Samantha has over thirteen years of experience in philanthropy, public health, and public policy. She holds a BS from Santa Clara University and is currently completing her MA from Tufts University. In her free time, Samantha enjoys hiking, yoga, and live music.
Sebastian Sanchez is the Deputy Secretary for Immigrant and Agriculture Workforce at the Labor and Workforce Development Agency. He was appointed by Governor Newsom to this position in June 2022. At LWDA, Sebastian's portfolio includes overseeing the Agency's COVID-19 outreach programs, plans to address the workforce development opportunities for agricultural workers, and efforts to improve access to services for immigrant and farmworker communities. Prior to joining the administration, Sebastian practiced as a workers rights attorney at the Employment Rights Project at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, the California Rural Legal Assistance, and Make the Road New York. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law, and Columbia University. He is a proud immigrant from Colombia, having entered the United States as an undocumented immigrant when he was 5 years old.
Paulina Moreno is the Director of Special Projects & the Thriving Immigrants Initiative with the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc (CAB). Her work is focused on improving the lives of Santa Cruz County’s immigrants through advocacy, coordinated crisis response and services. Paulina has been leading CAB’s COVID and storm crisis response efforts that include the distribution of over 4 million dollars to individuals excluded from traditional sources of emergency aid.
She is a first-generation immigrant born in Michoacán, Mexico and raised in Coachella, CA. She is the eldest of three and the first in her family to pursue higher education. Paulina has a master’s in policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies from Stanford University and an M.A. in Education from UC Santa Cruz. In 2020, she was 1 of 17 recipients nominated for a Hometown Hero Award for her contribution to the community during the 2020 wave of challenges: pandemic, wildfires, social injustice, and economic downturn. In 2021, Paulina received the Phil Rather Award for Leadership in Healthcare for her efforts to improve the health and wellness for all in the Pajaro Valley.