Creating, Building and Maintaining Partnerships
Monday, June 24th
Margaret Gordon, longtime health and environmental advocate, is one of the founding members of both the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project and the Alameda County Stakeholder Project for the Environmental Health Tracking Project. Ms. Gordon contributed to the development of two community-based participatory research reports and the publications, “Neighborhood Knowledge for Change” and “Reducing Diesel Pollution in West Oakland.” As a staff member of the Pacific Institute’s Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice, Ms. Gordon was a planner and presenter for the San Francisco Bay Area’s first regional conference on reducing diesel pollution and improving public health, “Ditching Dirty Diesel.” Ms. Gordon became member of Port of Oakland as Commissioner in 2007. In 2007, Ms. Gordon became co-Chair of the Port of Oakland & Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Maritime Air Quality Improvement Plan. Most recently, Ms. Gordon, who herself, suffers from asthma, co-authored the Healthy Home Indoor Air Quality Project that relates to the reduction of diesel exposure and other toxics for residents in West Oakland and was selected to serve on Governor Schwarzenegger’s statewide committee on State Goods Movement Action Plan. Ms. Gordon is the recipient of many awards, including the 2007 Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame award and the 2011 Purpose Prize given to senior-citizens doing social justice work; the prize is $100,000 and sponsor is Civic Venture.
Catalina Garzón is Program Co-Director of the Pacific Institute’s Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice Program, which partners with community-based groups and coalitions in California to conduct strategic research on environmental health and justice issues. Ms.Garzón has experience in multicultural leadership development, participatory curriculum development, participatory action research, and popular education. She holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and a PhD in progress in Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley with a focus on assessing the effectiveness of participatory research partnerships for environmental justice. Ms. Garzón is the 2010 recipient of the Thomas I. Yamashita Prize, which honors young scholar-activists whose work serves as a bridge between the academy and community.
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