Sarah Aird, Acting Executive Director
joined CPR core staff in 2010. Prior to joining CPR, she was the Executive
Director of the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala in Washington
D.C., where she also led an anti-gentrification campaign resulting in the
preservation of affordable housing in her neighborhood. Since moving back to
California, Sarah has worked with Amazon Watch, Friends of the Earth, and as
an immigration lawyer and was a Board Member of Amnesty International USA.
Sarah earned her law degree from American University and an M.A. in
International Affairs from Columbia University. She spent two years working
in Chiapas, Mexico, and Guatemala with local human rights organizations and
is fluent in Spanish.
Weller, Acting Program Director
joined CPR staff in 2014. He previously worked for 14 years as Projects
Director for Monterey Bay-based UNITE HERE Local 483, organizing community
and political support for hospitality workers. Mark has a B.A. in Political
Science from University of California San Diego, an M.A. in Sociology from
San Jose State University, and is co-author of "Dollars and Votes: How
Business Campaign Contributions Subvert Democracy."
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thanks for their years of dedication to and hard work at CPR!
Former Executive Director
moved on from CPR in 2011, but was Executive Director of the coalition for 14
years. Prior to joining CPR in 1997, David was California Director of Clean
Water Action. He worked for Greenpeace for ten years before that, primarily
as the Southwest Regional Executive Director, but also as International
Pesticide Coordinator, and, for two years, Chair of the Greenpeace national
board of directors. From 1977 to 1985, he was International Director of
Friends of the Earth. David worked with the American Friends Service
Committee in the 1970's. David is currently Chair of the national Greenpeace
Fund Board, and serves on the boards of California Sustainable Agriculture
Working Group, the Global Greengrants Fund and California-based Greenaction.
He has a BA in International Relations from Occidental College (Los Angeles).
Teresa DeAnda, Former
Central Valley Coordinator
1959 - 2014
In addition to being
CPR's coordinator in the San Joaquin Valley from 2003 until 2012, Teresa was
the President and Director of El Comite Para el Bienestar de Earlimart, in
Earlimart, a small farmworker town in Tulare County, California's Central
Valley. Teresa started the organization as a direct result of a drift accident that
occurred in Earlimart in November 1999, when a toxic cloud of pesticides
drifted onto her agriculture-surrounded community, making 180 people ill.
Teresa testified many times on the need for adequate response to
poisoning events to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. She
spoke at CPR's February, 2003 Drift Conference on the theme, "Absolutely
Never Do Nothing." Teresa served on the advisory boards of the Center on
Race, Poverty and the Environment and Latino Issues Forum. Teresa was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. In October 2014, she passed away. Teresa was an environmental justice warrior and a tireless advocate for community rights in the face of environmental justice abuses. Teresa has left a deep legacy and will be missed deeply: her contribution to the environmental justice movement was profound, and her contribution to each of our lives—through her laughter, kindness, creativity and playfulness—remains strongly in our hearts. We will continue to fight for community health in her honor.