East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice info@eycej.org 323.263.2113

Board of Directors

At the heart of our organization is the Board of Directors, made up of members from the local communities of East Los Angeles, Southeast Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Board of Directors 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.


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.



Javier Garay– Secretary

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.

Yesenia Fernandez– Member

Elena Rodriguez– Member

Maria Reyes– Member

Julius Calacsan– Member