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5th Annual Fighting For Life Celebration


5th Annual Fighting For Life Celebration

Join us as we come together to honor Gisele Fong and Miguel Luna. Allys who have been some of our strongest supporters and have brought so much value to the work East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice does in our communities and across the State.

When: Thursday June 28th, 2017

Where: Tamayos Restaurant, 5300 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

Time: 6-9pm

Purchase tickets: here


Our Honorees

Gisele L. Fong, PhD

Program Manager, Long Beach

The California Endowment


Gisele Fong was appointed as Long Beach Program Manager for the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative in May 2017. Prior to joining The California Endowment, Gisele served as Executive Director of EndOil / Communities for Clean Ports, an environmental health and justice community based agency in Long Beach, and served as chair of the Environmental Health Work Group for Building Healthy Communities Long Beach.

Prior to her environmental health and justice work, Gisele worked for many years as a college professor in Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies and U.S. History at UCLA, Cal State University and California community college campuses.

Gisele has served on numerous boards, commissions, and advisory boards, including the California Air Resources Board’s Environmental Justice Advisory Committee, a community based performance arts organization, and a social justice oriented bilingual charter school.

Gisele earned her MA in Asian American Studies and PhD in History from UCLA, and is a resident of Long Beach.


Miguel Luna

Dake Luna Associates

Miguel Luna is an immigrant from Colombia who works on water, people, and smiles. He is a principal at DakeLuna Consultants, a community-based firm working on local and regional conservation and watershed issues. Miguel is sought after and respected locally, regionally, and statewide for his expertise in working with diverse communities and for his ability to utilize community reconnaissance in order to develop and implement effective outreach tools and to deploy community engagement mechanisms for coalition and consensus building. For over a decade, Miguel Luna has focused on issues of water, the environment and social justice. He collaborated on the development of the LA River Revitalization Master Plan for the City of Los Angeles, the Lower LA River Revitalization Plan in the Southeast Cities, and currently working on the LA County’s LA River Master Plan update. He was a consultant on the project to construct the first major green street in LA County, Elmer Avenue, in the San Fernando Valley. In 2011, he partnered with the LA Conservation Corps to launch Paddle the LA River, the first legal LA River kayaking project in the City of LA. In 2007 he established Agua University, a youth-oriented program set up to educate and motivate youth through hands-on environmental education with an emphasis on water. Miguel serves on a myriad of boards that focus on water education, youth leadership, open space conservation and access to the outdoors. He is happily married to his life partner, Karen, both proud parents of their two children, Olivia and Jairo.