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ABOUT US

OUR MISSION

"Gente Organizada (Gente) is a community-led social action non-profit organization based in Pomona, CA whose mission is to organize to build intergenerational power and wellness for youth and immigrant families in Pomona."

WHAT WE DO

Using an asset-based approach to community organizing, Gente Organizada works to partner with communities comprised of historically underrepresented, immigrant populations to understand their rights and the power of community action. Instead of focusing narrowly on the deficiencies and plight of immigrant communities, Gente builds upon the deep-rooted, unique cultural strengths that help have helped immigrant communities survive for generations and increase capacities for these communities to not just survive but to truly thrive. 

We have three main components of our work:

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Our Social Action Groups

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Our Six Organizational Pods

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Our Coalitions and Partnerships

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WHO WE ORGANIZE AND BUILD WITH

Gente is deeply connected to the families of Pomona, a majority of whom are immigrants. Rising fear within the community as a result of the national climate around immigration and policing has left much of our community seeking opportunities to pull together. We know from our experience these past years that our work is critical to helping families feel a sense of greater safety and empowerment.

Gente is unique in our geographic focus area of the City of Pomona. As the largest city in the East Los Angeles County region, Pomona, which is known to be one of the most economically disadvantaged sub-regions of the County, is comprised of a largely Spanish-speaking immigrant population.

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ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

WHO WE ARE

Our team is representative of the Pomona community and all members of our staff have started with our organization as either members or volunteers of our social action groups

DIRECTOR'S COUNCIL

Gente has a shared leadership structure because we believe in leaderful movements and recognize that there is a more effective way of governing our organization than the traditional corporate nonprofit model. Instead of an Executive Director, we have a Director’s Council which guides and makes decisions on the organization’s day-to-day work to better align with our values of shared decision-making and power.

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Arleen Yaz Alonso

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Director of Youth Organizing

Arleen Audio Bio
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Evelia Rocha

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Director of Parent Organizing

Evelia Audio Bio
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Ivan Hernandez

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Director of Movement Building

Ivan Audio Bio
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Enrique Villa

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Director of Strategic Communications

Enrique Audio Bio
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Jesus Sanchez

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Co-Founder and Director of Economic Justice

Jesus Audio Bio
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Anel Hernandez

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Director of Healing Justice

Anel Audio Bio

OUR TEAM

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Sam Gutierrez

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Youth Organizer

Youth Organizing Pod

Sam Audio Bio
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Claudia Vanessa Reyes

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Finance & Special Projects Administrator

Economic Justice Pod

Vanessa Audio Bio
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José Luis Garcia

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Farmer/Parent Organizer

Parent Organizing Pod

José Luis Audio Bio
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Maria Garcia

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Building Manager & Outreach Consultant

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Our community-led Board of Directors is comprised of local youth and parents who live, work, and study in the City of Pomona. All members of our Board are current members of our social action groups. To further ensure Gente's work represented the vision of the youth of our city, our Board approved a change of organizational policy in 2019 to ensure that youth make up the majority of Gente's board, making us a youth-led organization. Our board meets monthly and is responsible for the overall vision and activities of the organization, setting policy, and allocation of resources. The Board of Directors is the principal governing body of the organization and oversees the Director’s Council.

  • Iris Villalpando, Board President

  • Ana Tostado, Board Treasurer

  • Ivan Hernandez, Board Secretary

  • Maria Garcia, Board Member

  • Yesica Limon, Board Member

  • Andrew Miron, Board Member

  • Evelia Rocha, Board Member

  • Jesus Sanchez, Board Member

  • Samantha Salvador, Board Member

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OUR FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY

To view our funders, please review our latest financial information:

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