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Denise Rogers-Heydt

Denise Rogers-Heydt is a Youth Organizer in the Fresno region, she is a Fresno State alumni and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with two minors: one in Philanthropic and Community-Based Leadership and the other in Music. As a research assistant with the Central Valley Health Policy Institute, they took part in analyzing focus group…

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Ernesto Saavedra

Ernesto is the Organizing Director for Californians For Justice (CFJ), overseeing the base building, leadership development, coalition work, and campaign strategy in Fresno and statewide. His journey began in 2006 at California State University Fresno with the student activist group Movimiento Estudiantil (Ch)Xicanx(o/a) de Aztlan (MEChA). Here he was introduced to, grounded, and involved in…

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Asher Ki

Asher Ki, Youth Organizer & Social Activist in the Fresno region. They became involved with CFJ as a sophomore in high school through a club on campus and the atmosphere is what kept them engaged. Asher finally felt like they were a part of something huge that could actually make a difference for schools and…

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Maria Ortega

As lead organizer, Maria oversees the organizing work in Fresno and plays a key role in advancing educational justice in the local schools. Maria first became involved with CFJ as a high school student where she helped establish the Edison High School chapter and has been organizing ever since. Most recently, Maria was the Graduate…

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