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Yenni Diaz
Community Organizer



Yenni is a Community Organizer for OCCORD. Focusing on our coalition work in Santa Ana, she works with SACReD (Santa Ana Collaborative for Responsible Development) and SABHC (Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities). She brings a range of experiences and leadership in community organizing and advocacy. She has a strong commitment to social, economic, and educational rights. Yenni obtained a BA in Political Science from University of California, Irvine.

ydiaz@occord.org


Andrés Felipe Rivera
Citizenship Program Coordinator



As OCCORD’s Citizenship Program Coordinator, Andrés organizes citizenship fairs that provide assistance to immigrant workers in the preparation and completion of their citizenship applications. He works closely with churches, schools, employers, unions, and neighborhood groups to build a strong social and economic movement that encourages residents to participate and improve conditions in their local community by becoming voters. Prior to joining OCCORD, Andrés was a teacher at UCLA’s Early Childcare and Education Center, where he learned that raising children is serious business, especially the diaper-changing! He has a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California, San Diego. Andrés lives in Garden Grove but claims Santa Ana as his hometown, and he enjoys playing soccer and whale watching.

arivera@occord.org


Clara Turner
Policy Analyst



As OCCORD’s Research and Policy Analyst, Clara provides economic and political data to support OCCORD’s projects, and works closely with SACReD in Santa Ana, helping the community navigate local government and planning issues. Prior to joining OCCORD, Clara worked in land use planning and housing with public and nonprofit organizations in Northern California. She has a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Clara lives in Costa Mesa and enjoys camping and struggling to learn to play the violin.

cturner@occord.org


Isela Lopez
Community Organizer



As OCCORD’s Community Organizer, Isela provides grassroots organizing skills to support OCCORD’s projects. She works closely with neighborhood unions in Anaheim, helping the community to become civically engaged and to fight to address local issues. Prior to joining OCCORD, Isela worked with hotel workers organizing with nonprofit organizations in Anaheim. Isela has lived in Anaheim since January 2014 and in her spare time she enjoys listening to music.

rlopez@occord.org


Luis D. Vega
Citizenship Program Coordinator



Luis D. Vega is part of the Citizenship Program team. His role is to coordinate and organize Citizenship Fairs. Education about Naturalization is one of his top priorities. He gets empowered by inviting volunteers to practice their civic duty at citizenship fairs and he also enjoys teaching citizenship classes. Before OCCORD, Luis was an intern at UFCW Local 324. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a double major in Chicano & Latino Studies and Political Science. As an undocumented student, he was active in student organizations that work towards social and economic justice. Luis lives in Stanton and enjoys spending his time with his family and visiting new places.

lvega@occord.org


Susan Hecht
Development and Operations Manager


Susan joined OCCORD's staff in 2013 as Development and Operations Manager. She organizes OCCORD's Annual Dinners, writes grant proposals and reports, manages organizational finances, and helps run the office. After growing up on a farm in Iowa, Susan first came to California to study at UC Irvine, where she earned a Ph.D. in History. More recently, Susan got involved in economic justice organizing through workers' rights organizations in the Boston area, where she spent several years coordinating events, social media, and fundraising campaigns. She lives in downtown Los Angeles, and enjoys studying languages (currently Portuguese and German) and reading lots of history books.

shecht@occord.org


Joesé Hernandez
Communications and Operations Coordinator
/ Coordinador de Comunicaciones


As OCCORD’s Communications and Operations coordinator, Joesé is in charge of administering and doing outreach through OCCORD’S social media, email blasts, and our website. He works to promote the great work that is being done through our neighborhood unions, citizenship fairs, and coalition work as well as the organizing of our data and office logistics. Prior to joining OCCORD, Joesé participated in several of canvasses tied to our GOTV efforts and educating the community on different health, civic, and community resources that are available through OCCORD and its allies. Joesé lives in Santa Ana and enjoys volunteering for causes he believes in and performing his poetry and songs with his friends.

jhernandez@occord.org


Marisol Ramirez
Community Organizer

Marisol Ramirez is a community organizer in Anaheim. She began her involvement with OCCORD in 2008 when she started volunteering as a neighborhood leader in Anaheim. As a volunteer she worked closely with six community organizers. Her involvement grew when she took the position as a board member for OCCORD in 2010, where she served for 3 years. Marisol was part of the Organizing Beyond Barriers program with UNITE HERE Local 11 in Los Angeles, and then officially joined OCCORD staff at the end 2013, bringing her knowledge as a community organizer to the city she was born and raised in. She assisted in the victory of winning district elections in Anaheim in 2014 and is currently strengthening and building power in underrepresented neighborhoods in Anaheim. When Marisol is not organizing communities of Anaheim, she enjoys going to the movies and spending time with her family.

mramirez@occord.org