Board of Directors

At the heart of our organization is the Board of Directors, made up of members from the local communities of Commerce and East Los Angeles. The Steering Committee is not just the face of the organization; they also identify local issues, guide the direction and help to meet the mission and vision of the organization.

EYCEJ Board of Directors 

David Mata– President

David grew up in the City of Commerce and has been involved with EYCEJ since 2007. He is a U.S History Teacher at Bell Gardens High School where he also advises the EYCEJ Youth in Action (YA!) Club. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College and a M.A. in Education from Loyola Marymount University. When he isn’t teaching or volunteering with EYCEJ, David enjoys long bike rides on the beach and dance parties.

Maria Becerra– Secretary

Maria is a single mother of three children. Maria was raised in the City of Maywood and now resides in the City of Commerce. She is currently a student at ELAC and has been a member of East Yard since 2007. She has a contagious laugh and loves to dance.

Kristina Santana– Treasurer

Kristina grew up and still resides in the City of Commerce. She earned her BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and her MS in Public Administration from California State University Los Angeles. She currently works in local government where she enjoys helping residents. She also enjoys volunteering at her local catholic parish. Her biggest passion is working for clean air for the residents of Commerce and she is very happy to volunteer her time to the East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice to make clean air a reality, sooner than later.

Sandra Lindsey– Member

Sandra is passionate about challenging institutional racism and environmental injustices. She joined EYCEJ because of the organization’s commitment to serve the community. Sandra is very concerned with the health of the local children and feels she has a responsibility to help create a clean and safe environment for them. She is currently working towards a second MA in Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University.

Isella Ramirez– Member

Isella Ramirez grew up in the City of Commerce; a community overburdened with industrial pollution just southeast of downtown Los Angeles. She is currently a UCLA Urban Planning Master’s student with a concentration in Community Economic Development. She holds a B.A. in Latin American & Latina(o) Studies from Vassar College. She has extensive experience in environmental justice community organizing and policy advocacy from her time with EYCEJ. Her research interests revolve around identifying and implementing planning practices, tools and frameworks to more effectively be an agent of change in communities that are disproportionately negatively impacted by industrial pollution. She makes amazing pico-de-gallo and has a fun earring collection.

Javier Garay– Member

Javier Garay was born and raised in Bell Gardens. Beginning his activism during his junior year of high school as a youth member, Javier began developing knowledge of the organization and work through dedicated volunteering. Javier’s work with the organization has assisted in identifying his passion for clean air, quality of life, and community. Outside of the organization, he is currently a student at the University of California, Irvine studying for a B.A. in Environmental Engineering. He enjoys coffee, joking around, and having fun experiences.