Taryn Ishida

As Executive Director of Californians for Justice, Taryn leads the organization to actualize its mission of racial justice by building the power of youth, communities of color, immigrants, low-income and LGBQ, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming communities. She provides leadership in program strategy, alliance building and policy, and organizational and fund development. She started as a…

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Najla Gomez Rodriguez

Najla helps build the capacity of school district and CFJ staff to increase parent and student participation in decision-making to advance justice for youth of color. Before CFJ Najla worked as an organizer in housing justice where she supported community leaders in winning millions of dollars for affordable housing and tenant protections in the East…

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Jeremy Lahoud

As Senior Strategy Director, Jeremy offers leadership to staff in transformative organizing, strategic thinking, and leadership development. He also works on our statewide team to develop meaningful relationships and support CFJ policy work in Sacramento. Jeremy has worked for and with grassroots organizations focused on youth organizing for racial and social justice since 1994. In…

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J. Ishida

As a Senior Strategy Director J. Ishida leads the integration of of local and statewide organizing to win power and concrete improvements in our communities. J. brings 17 years of community organizing and racial justice experience through their work with Californians for Justice, Movement Strategy Center, and as an independent consultant for youth organizing and…

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Saa’un P. Bell

As a Strategy Director, grounded in her southern roots of Greenville Alabama and Eastern Samar, Saa’un is the oldest of six, from a serious, but comical, working class Black and Filipino immigrant family. As a former English Language Learner student from Long Beach Unified School District and 1st generation college graduate, Saa’un is committed to…

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Albert Tobias

Albert leads CFJ’s statewide Civic Engagement campaigns and supports the Sacramento team with our grassroots coalitions. He first stepped into organizing as a CFJ Youth in East Side San Jose in 2008 during the Great Recession and saw how public schools and youth of color were devalued. He brings a Queer Latinx lens to his…

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