Staff

María Poblet, Executive Director

Dawn Phillips, Program Co-Director

Vanessa Moses, Program Co-Director

Adam Gold, Finance & Coms Director

Mai Stella Khantouche, Administrative Coordinator

Latifa Lewis, Operations Coordinator

Molly McClure, Volunteer Coordinator

Kate Sorensen, Development Manager

Lorraine DeGuzman, Development Coordinator

Rose Arrieta, Communications Coordinator

Cinthya Muñoz, Regional Lead, Immigrant Rights Organizer

Kitzia Esteva-Martinez Immigrant Rights Organizer

Lucia C. Kimble, Regional Rights Based Services Lead Organizer

Maria Zamudio, San Francisco Housing Rights Campaign Organizer

Paige Kumm, San Francisco Housing Rights Lead Counselor/Organizer

Myriam Zamora, San Francisco Housing Rights Counselor/Organizer

Chantal Garcia, San Francisco Housing Rights Counselor/Organizer

Leticia Arce, San Francisco Housing Rights Counselor/Organizer

Araceli Catalán, San Francisco Housing Clinic Receptionist

Camilo Sol Zamora, Regional Lead Organizer for Recruitment, Retention & Development

Robbie Clark, Housing Rights Campaign Lead Organizer

Jon Bean, Oakland Housing Rights Organizer

Princess Beverly Williams, Oakland Organizer/Housing Counselor

Sanyika Bryant, SF Housing Organizer and Counselor

Becki Hom, Outreach Coordinator

Alma Blackwell, Outreach Team Leader

 

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María Poblet, Executive Director
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María Poblet is the Executive Director of Causa Justa :: Just Cause. She is Chicana and Argentine, and has more than a decade of experience in Latino community organizing. At St. Peter’s Housing Committee, María was instrumental in transforming a service provision model into a membership and organizing structure, and a grassroots leadership development and political education program. In 2009, she helped lead the merger between St. Peter’s and Just Cause Oakland that created Causa Justa :: Just Cause, bringing together the organization’s respective work in the Latino community in San Francisco and the African American community in Oakland into a single, regional organization for racial and economic justice. She has been a leader in movement building work at the grassroots, including the US Social Forum and the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance. Maria had the privilege of being mentored for many years by June Jordan, and was the Artistic Director of Poetry for the People before she fell in love with community organizing. Recently Maria was awarded a highly competitive 2-year Leader Spring Executive Fellowship for 2012.

Adam Gold, Finance & Comms Director
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Adam has 15 years of organization-building experience in the East Bay. He brings expertise in developing infrastructure, capacity-building, financial management and building solid membership organizations. Adam was initially trained in community organizing from Oakland ACORN in 1996-97. From there, he got involved in the youth movement, co-founding C-Beyond in Concord, an organization originally dedicated to organizing white youth against racism. In 2000 Adam moved on to help found the Youth Empowerment Center, an umbrella organization for youth movement organizations. Adam was hired as Campaign Manager for the Yes on Measure EE Campaign in 2002 and began full-time with Just Cause Oakland (now CJJC) in 2003.

Kate Sorensen, Grassroots Fundraiser
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Kate holds decades of grassroots organizing experience. She has participated in national organizations that have directly impacted social change. She contributed base–building expertise to not-for-profit organizations like ACT UP Philadelphia, and Queer Nation LA. She helped to found the Philadelphia, Up Against the Law legal collective. Kate has worked as a lead organizer in several Nurses Unions and was the program director and grant writer for STOP AIDS Project in San Francisco. She raised funds for Health Initiatives for Youth as the Development Manager. Kate served with a Board of hot shot Directors that helped to pull Lyon-Martin Health Services clinic from the ashes like a beautiful Phoenix. Woo! 

Lorraine DeGuzman, Grassroots Resource Organizer
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Before starting at CJJC, Lorraine studied Anthropology and Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz. After graduating Lorraine worked as Development Coordinator for the Coalition on Homelessness and South of Market Community Action Network in San Francisco. Lorraine believes grassroots fundraising can be a critical tool in sustaining radical social justice movements. Lorraine currently organizes with Babae SF, a grassroots and volunteer-based organization of Filipina women in San Francisco dedicated to supporting and empowering Pinays through critical education, leadership development, and community building.

Cinthya Muñoz,
Regional Lead, Immigrant Rights Organizer

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Cinthya’s political involvement began in Sacramento, CA, where, as a high school student, she organized against the criminalization of young people of color by school officials and the police. She became involved in the immigrant rights movement and was instrumental in organizing the student walkouts, community forums and marches that were part of the massive immigrant rights strikes of May 1, 2006. Cinthya began work at St. Peter’s Housing Committee in 2007 as part of SOUL Summer School program for young organizers. In addition to her tenant and immigrant rights work at St. Peter’s, Cinthya has been involved in various grassroots campaigns in the Bay Area. She heads up the immigrant rights organizing at Causa Justa :: Just Cause and co-chairs ACUDIR: Alameda County United In Defense of Immigrant Rights, a coalition fighting to defend and advance rights for all immigrants. Cinthya is an alumni of the Women's Policy Institute, and a recipient of the Fellowship for a New California.

Kitzia Esteva-Martinez, Immigrant Rights Organizer
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Kitzia comes from a movement family and began her involvement in community organizing in San Francisco during high school. She was a youth organizer with PODER in their year-long Common Roots program. Latter she supported POWER’s women workers project as part of the SOUL summer school program. Many of her family members are long-term leaders at POWER. Kitzia also participated along with her mom in the “No papers No Fear Journey for Justice,” this past summer.  She comes back to the Bay Area after attending college at UC Santa Barbara and spending two years doing multiracial organizing with the Los Angeles Bus Riders Union and Labor Community Strategy Center.

Dawn Phillips, Program Director
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Dawn has almost two decades of organizing work in the Bay Area. After graduating from the Center for Third World Organizing's Minority Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP), Dawn spent six years as an organizer, then director of the community organizing program at Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS). Dawn then worked at People United for a Better Oakland (PUEBLO) for six years as the executive director leading a multi-racial, intergenerational organization. PUEBLO tackled issues from environmental justice, community safety and police accountability, to youth organizing and economic justice. Dawn has also served on the boards of the National Organizer's Alliance (NOA), Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (ACRJ), and the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) and is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Right to the City Alliance.

Vanessa Moses, Program Co-Director
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Vanessa’s East Coast roots involved several years of leadership development and anti-oppression work with youth in Philadelphia. Once in the Bay Area, she became active with several community and political organizations, including as staff for Bay Area Police Watch, a project of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and as a collective member with the Center for Political Education. She received a bachelors degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and was later trained as an organizer at the National School for Strategic Organizing with the Labor/Community Strategy Center and Bus Riders Union in Los Angeles. Both before & during her work with CJJC, Vanessa also worked for 8 years with generationFIVE to help build and evolve transformative justice practices and collaboratives.

Paige Kumm, San Francisco Housing Rights Lead Counselor/Organizer
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As a queer, biracial black-and-white Army brat with no hometown, Paige often found herself straddling cultural divides while growing up, becoming personally aware of widespread practices of exclusion, violence, and injustice. While studying at Stanford, she found an inspiring avenue to address those issues through the labor and immigrant rights student activist community, helping to organize a successful living wage campaign for Stanford's workers and eventually co-founding the Stanford Immigrant Rights Project.  Her passion for worker and immigrant rights led to a union organizing stint with UNITE-HERE Local 631 in Phoenix, and now, in her new role as a tenant rights counselor in San Francisco, Paige feels prepared and empowered to be a leader in the struggle for black-brown unity and economic equality.  In her free time, Paige enjoys attending concerts and professing her undying love for the Mission District.

Lucia Kimble, San Francisco Housing Rights Organizer
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Prior to joining CJJC, Lucia had worked for five years with youth and families of color as a trainer, conference organizer, project interviewer and program coordinator in the Sacramento area. A Latina of Mexican and Guatemalan descent, she now leads the base building and service providing team in the San Francisco office. Lucia was recently selected as one of 35 women leaders awarded for 2012 a prestigious fellowship at the Women's Policy Institute.

Chantal Garcia, Oakland Housing Rights Organizer
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Chantal began community organizing in 2006. On May 1st, 2006 she participated in the landmark march of one of the largest immigration rights protest in the nation. After attending the march she became involved with a youth led Xicana/o indigenous-based, social justice organization in Oakland. In 2010 she became involved with Improving Dreams, Equity, Access and Success (IDEAS) a student organization which organized around the Dream Act and to promote higher education to undocumented students around the SF Bay Area. In the Summer of 2012 she participated in the School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL) where she was hired by Causa Justa::Just Cause (CJJC) after stellar work as an intern in the Immigrants Rights Committee. Chantal is a salsa queen who rivals even Maria Poblet! She’s loves being with her family when she’s not at a Raiders football game. ¡Vaya!

Leticia Arce, San Francisco Housing Rights Organizer
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Leticia Arce aka Lety was born in Portland, Oregon but grew up in the Central Valley in Fresno, California, where her parents were farmworkers. She says they always pushed her to get a higher education "so that you won't work under the sun and the heat for pennies." She attended San Francisco State University where she graduated in Raza Studies, and Race & Resistance Studies and was introduced to various student and community organizations including MEChA, La Raza Centro Legal, and Clinica Martin-Baro. In her spare time she has volunteered at Clinica Martin-Baro, a free SFSU-UCSF student-run general health clinic which respectfully serves the most under-served population in the Mission district. It's based on the Cuban medical health care perspective  --  a preventative health care model. Lety is one of the newest staff members at CJJC and says she is excited to grow with the organization in the struggle for housing and immigrant rights. 

Molly McClure, Volunteer Coordinator
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Born and raised in the Bay Area, Molly first became politicized through queer, feminist and global justice organizing in the 1990s. While living in Philadelphia for five years, Molly supported immigrant rights and gender justice organizing, taught sex education in public high schools, and facilitated self-defense and anti-racism workshops. Since Hurricane Katrina, Molly has been doing Gulf Coast solidarity work in and out of New Orleans, and organizing around the struggle for a just reconstruction. In addition to working at CJJC, Molly works at the Catalyst Project doing anti-racism trainings.   

Myriam Zamora, San Francisco Counselor/Organizer
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Myriam began her community work when she was 15 years old volunteering in educational literacy campaigns in Nicaragua and has continued community work for the past 40 years. Since she immigrated to this country, Myriam has worked with many community-based organizations in San Francisco’s Mission District. For the past six years, Myriam has been a housing counselor and organizer (at St. Peter's Housing Committee). She continues to work intensively on membership and leader development with CJJC.

Camilo Sol Zamora, Regional Lead Organizer for Recruitment, Retention & Development
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Camilo is the Regional Lead Organizer for Recruitment, Retention & Leadership Development at Causa Justa :: Just Cause. He is a first generation immigrant and a proud Nicoya with roots in San Francisco where he was raised. He first began doing community work in the Mission District by providing direct service, performing outreach, and facilitating summer and after school programs for Latin@ immigrant youth. He co-founded a queer Latina youth support group, Aquellas L.O.C.A.S., and facilitated Latina immigrant support groups at Everett Middle School and International Studies Academy. Camilo started and coordinated a teen health program while at Good Samaritan Family Resource Center. While doing this work he saw many youth and their families experience major housing problems that affected the youth tremendously in school and with their health. Armed with a spirit to fight for housing rights, Camilo joined Causa Justa :: Just Cause in 2009 to become a housing rights counselor/organizer and develop the organization’s first Tenant Rights Clinic in Oakland.  In 2012, Camilo was appointed to the City of Oakland’s Building Services Advisory Task Force. He is a recent alumni of Urban Habitat’s Boards & Commissions Leadership Institute. Camilo currently resides in Oakland and works to defend low-income Oakland (and San Francisco) tenants against displacement. 

Princess Beverly Williams, Oakland Clinic Lead Organizer/Housing Counselor
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Princess Beverly Williams joined Causa Justa :: Just Cause as a member in 2009 and joined the staff as a Housing Rights Counselor in 2010. Princess Beverly comes to Causa Justa with more than 25 years of case management experience, beginning in 1985. In 1993, as a Leadership Development Intern for the Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) organizing team, Princess Beverly worked on campaigns to win progressive taxation and to preserve the federal safety net. She subsequently worked at BOSS Oakland Homeless Project as counselor/community builder and then advocate before taking a position as an Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Specialist. Princess Beverly holds a Human Development Certificate from the College of Alameda.

Robbie Clark, Housing Rights Campaign Lead Organizer
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Robbie was born and raised in Oakland and brings a wealth of knowledge about the city’s residents and neighborhoods. Robbie became active in students’ rights organizing at UCLA and the affirmative action struggle that was being waged at the time. Robbie has been active in local political campaigns in Oakland such as the district campaign of Amie Allison and Ron Dellums’ mayoral campaign.  

Jon Bean, Oakland Housing Rights Organizer
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Jon Bean moved from Alabama to California when he was 17.  He has a passion for justice, which stems from having grown up in the South with his roots around civil rights and marches. “My grandparents were both in the NAACP and got me involved when I was young.” He was in the NAACP Youth & College Chapter choir as well as president for the Youth College Chapter of the NAACP in Alabama. When he came to California he canvassed for the ACLU LGBTQ community and for California Peace Action. Jon got involved with CJJC last year with our Health Fair outreach. Although the job was only for 3 months, he continued his involvement with us, going to our Universidad, and member meetings. When the Housing Rights Organizer position opened up, he applied. “I wanted this job because I want to talk to my sons about a job that they can be really proud of me for. I’m going to raise a house of organizers.” He has three sons, ages 7, 5 and one-year-old. He says being part of the organization has been “in short, life-changing. I was looking for a job but I found an opportunity for change.”

Sanyika Bryant, SF Housing Organizer and Counselor
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Sanyika Bryant is the oldest of his parents’ six children and was raised in the city of Los Angeles. Sanyika was trained by the Labor/Community Strategy Center where he worked on the Bus Riders Union and Frontlines Press projects. He is also a graduate of the Strategy Center's National School for Strategic Organizing, class of 2003. Sanyika's ideology is rooted in Pan-Africanism, anti-imperialism and internationalism. He is also an artist and an author, and currently spends any free time he has away from his organizing duties working on his novel.

Becki Hom, Outreach Coordinator
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Becki was introduced to organizing and social justice during an internship with Just Cause Oakland (now CJJC) in the summer of 2007. She continued to expand her understanding of the social justice movement by working with organizations in New York City and SOMCAN (South of Market Community Action Network) in San Francisco. Throughout her years working with other organizations, she has stayed connected with CJJC. After becoming a stronger, more confident organizer working with UNITE-HERE in New Haven, CT and Las Vegas, she retuned to CJJC.  As the Outreach Coordinator, Becki is excited to be a part of reaching out to residents to let them know of their rights and how to get involved with our work.

Alma Blackwell, Outreach Team Leader
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Mai-Stella Khantouche, Administrative Coordinator
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Mai-Stella has been a member of Causa Justa::Just Cause since 2008 (as part of Just Cause Oakland). She began volunteering for Just Cause Oakland at their 2007 annual event and immediately appreciated their political line. She liked their dedication to member and staff leadership development through high engagement and study; organizational discipline and warmth. Throughout the years Mai-Stella has participated not only as a member leader in the Steering Committee, but also as a volunteer, contractor, and Liberation Ink Program Assistance. She has recently joined the staff full-time as one of the Administrative Coordinators- focusing on Finance and HR- and is eager to contribute her decade plus of administrative experience to building a stronger, more effective and efficient organization and movement for social and economic justice.

Latifa Lewis, Operations Coordinator
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I was born and raised in Oakland and identify with many of the issues residents are experiencing -- everything from housing, to early education, to the public service systems. I'm a graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Legal Studies and have known since high school that I wanted to help make a difference. The injustices and inequities I've witnessed and been a part of led me to want to see change in our community. It moved me into a life of advocacy and fighting for a quality and equitable life for impoverished communities. Currently I'm Board Chair for Parent Voices Oakland - a statewide grassroots organization that advocates for early childhood education and quality, accessible, and affordable education. I'm also Co-Chair of the Alameda County Early Childhood Policy Committee (ACECPC) - which address policies and systems within Alameda County impacting families with children up to 8 years old.  I have used my own voice and testimony at events such as the Human Impact Budget Hearing held by the Alameda County Supervisors, testifying at legislative hearing in Sacramento and leading parent groups at legislative visits.
I am a mother of two bi-racial girls — black and brown unity at its finest..! and I love spending time with my family. I've also traveled quite a bit and still enjoy when I have the opportunity. We also enjoy having picnics and taking walks near the water.

Maria Zamudio, San Francisco Housing Rights Campaign Lead Organizer
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Maria comes to the Bay Area from Santa Barbara, CA, where she was raised and where she participated in organizing efforts for the rights of immigrants, women, working-class and queer communities. Maria takes on the landlords and supports our members as they fight for their rights.

Araceli Catalán, San Francisco Housing Clinic Receptionist
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As a Causa Justa member and a long-time St. Peter’s Housing Committee member before our merger, Araceli has showed up everywhere from our local city hall to the U.S. Social Forums do the work of the movement. Now as a staff at CJJC, she's advising fellow tenants and supporting the tenant clinic’s work.

Rose Arrieta, Communications Coordinator
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With over 20 years of journalism experience from mainstream to community media. Rose has come on board to lead our organization’s communications work. She’s originally from Los Angeles and her work has been inspired by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, the Chicano Movement, American Indian Movement, and lots of conversations around the kitchen table with her pro-union family.