Our Team

Laura Jimenez

Laura Jiménez

Executive Director
The women in my life initially brought me to RJ
Ena S Valladares

Ena Suseth Valladares

Director of Programs
A firm believer that quality health care and community-based health services are a right that all individuals deserve
Susy Chavez Herrera

Susy Chávez Herrera

Communications Director
I am a firm believer in FeminismS as fundamental to achieving a more egalitarian society for all...
Rochelle Martin

Rochelle Martin

Grants Manager
Rochelle's personal experience and process of realization towards feminism led her to CLRJ
Lorena Garcia Zermeño

Lorena Garcia Zermeño

Policy Manager
My own experience growing up as a Latina immigrant is what has brought me to RJ


Community Organizer
Key to Michelle’s understanding of and struggle for RJ are empowerment through liberatory education, labor and community organizing, and an abolitionist framework

Martha Pineda

Community Engagement and Organizing Coordinator
From a young age I clearly saw the disproportionate expectations imposed on different genders, and how these expectations negatively affected women socially and economically. I am a firm believer that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color deserve justice, respect, and love in a world that has historically dismissed their needs and existence.

Sami Watts

Digital Media Associate
Sami’s personal experiences as a Latina and an artist in the predominantly white, heteropatriarchal field of classical music led her to RJ advocacy work.

Maricela Cervantes

Research Associate
Maricela’s lived experiences brought her to RJ and believes that RJ is foundational in achieving health equity and reducing health disparities.

Board of Directors

Melinda Cordero-Bárzaga

Virginia Espino, Ph.D

Laura Jiménez
Executive Director

Mily Treviño-Sauceda

Alba Mercado
Board Secretary

Claudia E. Soria-Delgado
Board Chair

Robyn Flores

Guadalupe Rodriguez
Board Treasurer

Mary V. Rosas

Jeannette Zanipatin
Board Vice-Chair


CLRJ Founding Advisory Board

  • Ann Marie Benitez
  • Monica Benitez Andrade
  • Elmy Bermejo
  • Melinda Cordero
  • Rocio L. Córdoba
  • Raquel Donoso
  • Selina Espinoza
  • Marisol Franco
  • Carmen Garcia
  • Bethany Leal
  • Destiny Lopez
  • Araceli Perez
  • Nora E. Vargas
  • Silissa Uriarte-Smith