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Dr. Jill Esbenshade has long been committed to creating change, pointing to the famous Karl Marx quote as the inspiration for her work. “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways.
Ada Briceño is OCCORD’s interim executive director and co-founder, and Secretary-Treasurer of UNITE HERE Local 11, which represents hotel and hospitality workers in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
Marisol Ramirez has been a staff organizer with OCCORD since 2013, but she’s been a leader in her community for much longer. She first began organizing with OCCORD as a volunteer while in high school, connecting her personal experiences with the broader struggle for fair representation at City Hall. Marisol served as a board member of OCCORD before transitioning into full time organizing.
Mirvette Judeh began volunteering with OCCORD in 2014, playing a major role in our advocacy and outreach for district elections.
Maria McCabe is a leader within affiliate POWER and the Director of Social Justice and Campus Ministry at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration in Philadelphia, PA. With a mother from Puerto Rico and a Finnish-American father, Maria recounts struggling with a sense of belonging in juggling mixed cultures at home. But one thing that remained consistent in Maria’s household was the family’s dedication to social justice and it’s need to be addressed and spoken for.