Staff

Andrea-400px.pngAndrea Guerrero, Executive Director
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Andrea Guerrero leads an outstanding team that is building coalitions and mobilizing resources to achieve greater impact on the issues that matter.  Before joining Alliance San Diego, Ms. Guerrero was the Field & Policy Director of the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties. Prior to that, she practiced immigration law before administrative, federal district and appellate courts. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley Law School (J.D. 1999), University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs (M.A. 1994), and Stanford University (B.A. 1992).  Originally from Mexico City, Ms. Guerrero views the world from a binational, bicultural, and bilingual lens. She has dedicated her professional life to protecting civil rights and advancing social justice. Watch Ms. Guerrero's TEDx talk, Immigration Reform: A Chance for a Better America.

Chris2.pngChristopher R. Wilson, Associate Director
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Christopher Wilson received a Bachelors degree in History and Ethnic Studies from the University of San Diego. His work centers on empowering communities of color and low-income communities through building bridges, creating collaboration, and identifying common issues. He is a father, brother, uncle, husband, and global change activist, who has traveled and lived all over the world. Christopher’s life experiences, education, training, and work give him a deep understanding of the complexities involved with empowering people. He is inspired by family, artists, co-workers, and close friends, who keep him honest and hopeful.


 

Kendall Martin, Communications Director
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Kendall Martin has worked in multiple cities including Los Angeles, New York, and Portland, OR. His experience includes developing communications strategies and campaigns for public affairs, marketing, and community involvement organizations. He strives to ensure that historically marginalized communities are not only informed and motivated by the mission of ASD but also have a platform to exercise their democratic rights to hold elected officials accountable for their decisions. He is a proud husband, father of three sons and thoroughly enjoys outdoor activities and travel.

Tomas_copy.pngTara Kaveh, Communications Program Director 
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Tara Kaveh is a first generation Iranian-American, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her Bachelor's degree in Journalism with a concentration in Integrated Marketing and a minor in Ethnic Studies from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She has a dynamic background as a multimedia reporter, copywriter, graphic designer, and marketing manager. Growing up in a progressive environment, Tara has had a passion for human rights and social justice from a very young age. She has worked with numerous organizations including Amnesty International, The Beat Within, and the National Iranian-American Council. When she's not working as an activist, Tara loves writing, photography, international travel, and enjoying the beauty of nature.

Tomas_copy.pngTomás Perez, Communications Coordinator - Digital Producer
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Tomás Perez was born and raised in San Diego, but has also lived and studied in Washington D.C. & the central valley of California during his time as an undergraduate at the University of California, Merced. Since 2013, he has been involved in local and national organizations focusing on protecting civil rights and social justice, and in 2016 he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from UC Merced. Soon after he moved back down to San Diego when he first became involved with Alliance San Diego as a participant in the Neighborhood Rising Institute and Fall 2016 civic engagement program. Tomás enjoys writing music, going to art and music shows, and dabbles in photography and videography.

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Erika Clark, Digital Communications Coordinator
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Erika Clark is a first-generation Mexican-American, born and raised in Oklahoma. There, she ran the first-ever social media street team for Fiestas de las Americas, a city-wide event showcasing the beauty of the multicultural heritage in Oklahoma. Erika earned a B.A. in Public Relations with a minor in enterprise studies from the University of Oklahoma. With experience creating relationships with media, managing social media and influencer marketing campaigns, she has a passion for bringing groups together to make change happen. In her spare time, Erika enjoys exploring new hiking trails, reading and cooking.


 

erin-400px.pngChristopher Maghar, Civic Engagement Coordinator
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Christopher Maghar is a 1st generation Armenian-American born and raised in Los Angeles by parents who immigrated to the US from Iran during the Iranian Revolution. His passion for social and economic justice started from a young age and was informed by his experiences growing up as a gay man in a culturally and politically diverse community. He began his studies at Glendale Community College where he received an A.A. in Political Science and moved to San Diego in 2017 to attend UC San Diego where he received a B.A. in Political Science/American Politics with a minor in Law and Society. Prior to joining ASD, Christopher led civic engagement programs that sought to resolve the disparities in Covid-19 vaccination rates in Black and Brown communities in San Diego. In his free time, he enjoys exploring nature and cooking for his friends and family.

Ted Womack, Civic Engagement Organizer
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Ted Womack Jr. was born and raised in San Diego. From a young age, Ted has shown interest in empowering and educating his community through resource development, relationship building, and shared information. Ted began canvassing with Alliance San Diego in 2012 and quickly realized he connected deeply with Alliance San Diego's mission and goals. Returning to ASD for civic engagement programs, Ted started utilizing his experience to create change in his community, even hosting his annual 2M Toy Drive to help people get presents for kids for Christmas. In his spare time, Ted works as an audio engineer, writer, and event manager. His professional and personal work has provided Ted the opportunity to create relationships across various sectors of work.

erin-400px.pngJ’Nyka FaulknerCivic Engagement Organizer
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J’Nyka Faulkner is 5th generation Kumeyaay belonging to Santa Ysabel and Viejas. She is a native San Diegan, growing up on the Viejas reservation. J’Nyka realized her passion for community engagement after phone banking with Alliance San Diego in 2014. As she became more engaged, she continued to return to ASD to educate her community through civic engagement programs. J’Nyka pushes for representation for the black and native community, people of color and womxn. She actively participates and has led security teams for protests, organizes food drives and advocates for policy reform. In her free time, she enjoys hiking Cowles Mountain and going to beaches across San Diego County.


 

Michelle Celleri, Human Rights Counsel
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Michelle Celleri has been actively involved with the immigrant community and promoting diversity for over fifteen years.  She came to Alliance San Diego to create high impact change.  She believes everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect regardless of where they came from and their socio-economic status. 

hectorHector Oviedo, Human Rights Manager
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Hector Oviedo was born in the Mexicali-Calexico border region, he moved to San Diego after completing his B.A.’s in Spanish Literature and History of Latin America at UC Riverside, and completing a year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA in Los Angeles. He spent over 5 years representing immigrants in their affirmative and removal  processes as a Fully Accredited Department of Justice Representative at Catholic Charities, San Diego before joining Alliance San Diego. Outside of fighting for immigrant rights, Hector enjoys camping at National Parks, attending musical festivals cross-country, watching soccer and spending time with his fiancée and two dogs.

hectorAndrea Tecpoyotl Tepale, Human Rights Organizer
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Andrea Tecpoyotl Tepale is a DACA recipient who began advocating for the undocumented community in high school when she realized that the DACA program was going to be rescinded. DACA changed her life. It opened doors to unimaginable opportunities. As a student at the Univerisity of San Diego she took on several leadership roles, but being a student coordinator for the undocumented and DACAmented students on campus helped her raise awareness about the immigrant community and allowed her to work personally with different undocumented and DACAmented students. Andrea holds a B.A. in Sociology and Ethnic Studies with a minor in Spanish from the University of San Diego.

 


 

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Erin Tsurumoto Grassi, Policy Director
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Erin Tsurumoto Grassi grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She is biracial (half Japanese American and half White) and fourth generation Japanese American, experiences which helped shape her passion for social justice and racial equality. The first to graduate from college in her immediate family, Erin has a Bachelor's degree from Whittier College in Political Science and Spanish, and a Master's of Art degree from UCSD in Latin American Studies with a concentration in International Migration.  Past internships include the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in the Bay Area, Assemblywoman (now State Senator) Lois Wolk's district office, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva Switzerland.  Prior to joining Alliance San Diego, Erin was a community organizer with Justice Overcoming Boundaries, where she worked with leaders on a variety of issues, including transportation, housing, and immigration. In her free time, you can find her running, cooking, reading, dancing and rock climbing. 

Patricia Mondragon, Regional Policy Manager
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Patricia "Patty" Mondragon is a first-generation American; one of three daughters of Mexican parents who immigrated from the beautiful state of Michoacán. Her father having worked as a bracero in Northern California decided to relocate his young family to San Diego, where they established strong roots in North Park. Patty went on to study Psychology, Information Systems and Human Computer Interaction at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She is passionate about public policy, social justice, civic engagement and issues important to womankind. She is the proud mother of a budding social justice warrior, Alex, and together they have supported the work of Alliance San Diego to mobilize for change. 

Vicki Gaubeca, Southern Border Communities Coalition Director 
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Vicki Gaubeca currently serves as the Director for the Southern Border Communities Coalition,  a national coalition that is convened by Alliance San Diego. Prior to this role, Vicki served as the Director of the ACLU-NM Regional Center for Border Rights, based in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she helped develop and implement its mission of addressing civil and human rights violations that stem from border-specific immigration policy.

erin-400px.pngJenny Johnson, Border Policy Advisor - DC
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Jenny Johnson is based in Washington, DC and engages policymakers and partner organizations to amplify and advance SBCC’s vision for border policies that expand public safety for all, protect human rights, and welcome people at our borders. Prior to joining the SBCC, Jenny was the Senior Policy Associate for the Latin America Working Group's Mexico & U.S.-Mexico Borderlands Program.  Jenny was born in Washington, DC, but called southern Arizona home for almost a decade.

Rosa Barrientos-Ferrer, Border Policy Coordinator - DC
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Rosa Barrientos-Ferrer's family immigrated from Guanajuato, Mexico and she grew up in East Los Angeles, California. At the age of 18 she was granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and has since become an advocate for a permanent immigration solution for all of America’s 11 million undocumented immigrants. Prior to joining Alliance San Diego she worked at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), where she held various roles, from leading CHIRLA’s campaign to protect DACA, organizing undocumented youth in Northern California to successfully fighting to secure more education resources such as the expansion of AB540 and the passage of state bills like the Dream Loan Program and the Dream Resource Liaison-- for undocumented students through the state. Rosa holds an A.A. in Chicano Studies and Social Behavioral Analysis, from East Los Angeles College, and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Political Science from Sacramento State University.


 

Miesha Rice, Advancement Director 
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Miesha Rice is native of Charlotte, NC, but has lived in San Diego for about 9 years. She has a B.A. and M. A. in English Literature and Liberal Studies. At a young age, her parents began actively involving her in community outreach work with Coca-Cola Bottling company. She grew up learning the knowledge and skill of interacting with all kinds of people on personal levels.  That skill was later elevated during her tenure with Apple as a Concierge team member. With the help and creativity of her mother she gained experience with planning and executing large events. She spent the rest of her free time traveling and performing original poetry on stages all over the country. That exposure inevitably led her to the social justice work here in San Diego. She spent a few years as a teaching artist in various local elementary schools in partnership with Arts for Learning San Diego. Miesha started her journey advocating for change as the Volunteer Coordinator during the 2012 election season; learning a host of information about immigration, education reform, and canvassing. It has been an amazing trip; especially for her two growing daughters who are striving to be Change Agents themselves. 

farahFarah Dinga, Advancement Coordinator
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Farah Dinga was born and raised in the Bay Area. They moved to San Diego to complete their B.A. at the University of California: San Diego, and continued their work as an arts educator, as well as their work in social justice. Growing up as a Pakistani-American, Farah became passionate about social justice and advocacy at a young age. As an artist and educator, their work has always centered around promoting a culture of inclusion and equity for all, and providing opportunities for artists to learn and showcase their work, despite the lack of arts access in many communities. 


 

Jayne Sacco, Finance Director
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Jayne Sacco was born as the sixth child to an immigrant father from Sicily. She was exposed to diversity at a young age in the middle-class neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio in which she was raised. Jayne always dreamed of traveling, advancing her education and learning about different cultures. At the age of 18, she made the move to San Diego - by herself - to further her education. Jayne holds an MBA, as well as a Bachelors in accounting and business. Jayne continued her journey in education, pursuing her interest in learning sign language by becoming a certified interpreter for the Deaf. She currently tutors Deaf students via webcam, and interprets on occasion. Jayne's true passion is working in non-profit organizations; she transitioned from the private sector to do work that she feels touches our community. In the position of financial management Jayne is happy to use her skills to serve her community in a positive way. On any given day, you will find Jayne cooking up a storm, weight lifting, or playing with flowers, that is, if you happen to catch her when she’s not traveling (which she does often).

2017-08-02.pngKyle Brandon, Human Resource and Office Manager
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Kyle Brandon is an alumnus of San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Afrikana Studies. Prior to working for Alliance San Diego, he served in many different capacities for the Grossmont Union High School District, Mission Valley YMCA and even managed and operated a food truck. He hopes to bring his experiences growing up in Central Los Angeles and experience running college, high school and elementary organizations to provide support for all of Alliance San Diego’s needs.

Karen.pngKaren Le, Special Projects Organizer
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Karen Le is the child of refugees and has played an integral role at Alliance San Diego in her passion for immigrant rights, social justice, and educational equity. Karen graduated from the University of California San Diego in 2016 with a B.A. in International Studies-Political Science. During her time as a student, she held teaching assistant positions in both the Education Studies department and the College Academic Mentorship Program. As a teaching assistant, she regularly taught university students about the importance of teaching for social justice. She also interned at various local non-profit organizations and gained experience in policy research. Karen is thankful to be on the Alliance San Diego team and eager to fight for "harmony, safety, equality, and justice."