Here’s what Gisele has to say!
Right now, I’m most excited about HCBF’s Air Quality Mitigation Fund which means approximately $5 million for projects to reduce port-related air emissions in the San Pedro Bay area. And we have a special emphasis on zero-emissions technologies. While there is still a high priority to support projects that address, clean up and protect from the environmental pollution and impacts in the communities of Wilmington and San Pedro, the AQMF project gets at one of the roots of the problem—reducing pollution at its source by shifting to zero-emissions fuels and technologies.
Beyond my board service at HCBF, I’m Program Manager for Building Healthy Communities Long Beach at The California Endowment, a statewide private health foundation dedicated to improving the health status of all Californians. Prior to that I ran an environmental organization, Communities for Clean Ports, dedicated to community engagement around environmental health protections and benefits. My organization was a plaintiff in the legal proceedings that brought about the formation of Harbor Community Benefit Foundation. For many years, I also taught university classes in ethnic studies, and U.S. History, with a particular interest in social movements. Even though my work has taken different shapes, there has been a connecting theme—a commitment to marginalized and communities of color, and a belief that through community organizing, knowing our histories, and defending democratic processes, we will get closer to a world where all of us thrive.
I live in Long Beach, another port community, with my family and am happiest when I’m talking to my kids about their days, practicing martial arts, and enjoying fine dark chocolate. 😊
We are beyond lucky at HCBF to have such a great staff and engaged Board of Directors who truly care about the work we do.