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  Marvin H. Andrade is Advancing Justice - LA’s Director of
  Leadership Development. As a first generation immigrant
  from El Salvador, former English Language Learner (ELL) student,
  and undocumented youth, he applies his knowledge and
  experience to the strategic vision and direction to multiple
  academic enrichment, leadership development and movement
  building programs, including: the Youth & Parent Leadership
  Development (YPLD), the Leadership Development in Intergroup
  Relations (LDIR), the Urban Visionaries Institute for Youth Organizing,
  and the Parent Organization Network.  Prior to Advancing Justice - LA,
Andrade spent 12 years at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) as an immigrant rights advocate, serving in different capacities, including the last four and a half years as its Executive Director. Andrade is a graduate of the University of Southern California with undergraduate degrees in political science and international relations, in addition to a Masters in Management/Public Administration from the University of Phoenix as a League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Scholar.



  Sara Pol-Lim is the first Cambodian Woman to be the 
  Executive Director of the United Cambodian Community since
  its inception in 1977. Under her leadership, Sara restored UCC’s
  financial integrity and poor reputation into a viable organization
  that community members look for leadership, and service
  providers’ trust for cultural expertise.  As a youth survivor of the
  Khmer Rouge Killing Fields, she knows so well of the lost and
  struggle to survive. She lost a father, three brothers, three
  grandparents and many relatives. With no words in English,
  she worked her way up from ESL classes to completing many
degrees while working full time. She completed a High School diploma from Gardena High, an Associate in Science degree from El Camino College, a Bachelor in Business from National University and a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Chapman University in 1998. In addition to degrees, she completed many certificate programs such as Marriage & Parenting, Woman Health Leadership and the Executive Director Leadership Program for a non-profit. Her 13 years of experience before leading a non-profit included the Public Sectors like Orange County Public Services Agency and Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder Voter’s Education Division.  Sara is married and a mother of two boys; Ian-11 years old and Baron-9 years old. Sara lives in Long Beach with her family.


  Quyen Dinh is the Executive Director of the Southeast
  Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC).  Founded in 1979,
  SEARAC is a national organization that advances the interests
  of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering
  communities through advocacy, leadership development, and
  capacity building to create a socially just and equitable society.
  Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director, Quyen served
  as SEARAC’s Director of Education Policy, and in this role, she
  focused on implementing SEARAC’s local-national campaign
  addressing education equity called the Southeast Asian American
Action and Visibility in Education (SAVE) program.  Previously, Quyen served as Senior Program Manager of the International Children Assistance Network (ICAN) in San Jose, CA.  At ICAN, she oversaw an early childhood education campaign that serves Vietnamese families through community education channels ranging from parenting workshops, to weekly radio programs and community forums. Quyen holds a Master of Public Policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.  At UCLA, Quyen co-founded a graduate student organization called Policy Professionals for Diversity & Equity with the mission to provide a forum for students and alumni to advocate for diversity and equity within the Masters of Public Policy program at UCLA.  She was honored with awards for MPP Student of the Year, Outstanding Academic Achievement, and Academic Leadership.   She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley.  Quyen grew up in Orange County, CA and San Jose, CA, homes to the two largest Vietnamese American communities in the United States.



  Judy Green has over 39 years of experience working
  in the Greater Long Beach area. She began her career in
  Jewish Communal Service working at the Albert Jewish Community
  Center in 1975.  There she held various positions including serving as
  children's program director, facilitator of support groups for children
  of holocaust survivors and Assistant Executive Director. After earning
  her Master of Social Work degree at California State University,
  Long Beach and becoming a licensed clinical social worker, her career
  turned to medical social work which included the opportunity to create
  a multicultural task force focused on improving health outcomes within
specific communities.  As a facilitator of this collaborative, Judy was able to assist community leaders, families, and educators to impact health disparities. Judy joined the faculty at CSULB on a permanent basis in 2001. In this position, Judy develops and supports relationships with area agencies for student internships including those with the United Cambodian Community. Most recently Judy has volunteered to represented Temple Israel and the Social Action Committee in collaboration with the Cambodian community to look at the health impacts of past atrocities on survivor families.  Judy was recently recognized at the Cambodian Courage to Remember commemoration.  She is also a 2014 Jewish Federation Woman of Vision JFCS Honoree. Her own perspective as a child of holocaust survivors informs her work.

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