Martha Matsuoka is the Executive Director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute and an Associate Professor at Occidental College. Her teaching and research focus on environmental justice, community-based regionalism, sustainable community development, and social movements.
Sharon Cech leads the LA Farm to School Network and other regional food systems and food assistance research projects at UEPI. She is an adjunct professor in Occidental's Urban & Environmental Policy Department.
Rosa Romero manages the Northeast Los Angeles Farm to School & Wellness Initiative and Farm to Preschool projects. She is an adjunct professor in Occidental's Urban & Environmental Policy Department.
Raquel Galarza is the Health Education Manager for the Northeast LA Farm to School & Wellness Initiative at UEPI.
Elena is the Project Coordinator for the food programs at UEPI. She works to support the food and health initiatives, including nutrition education activities, parent engagement around health at schools, school garden and cafeteria programs, food waste reduction and recovery projects.
Christine Chuong oversees grant management and compliance at UEPI. Other responsibilities include processing invoices and contracts, liaison with partners, assisting with financial reporting requirements, record keeping and working with the PI and Project Director to plan and execute short and long-term objectives.
A huge thank you to our team of 2019-2020 interns:
Natalie Arbogast, Ryder Bernell, Ivy Denham-Conroy,
Chaiki Ma, Melissa Maldonado, Evie Wasson