Who We Are

 

Our work is important because democracy requires organized people that create a robust debate in the public arena.  The people should have a voice in shaping their communities and their own future.  Those decisions are often political, economic and environmental.  In this modern world with massive concentrations of power, it is becoming more and more difficult for the ordinary person to have a say.  Difficulties arise from the complexity and the resistance, and sometimes even the violence, of the forces operating to shape society, and often, from the sense of powerlessness working class and poor people experience.  Rather than engage these forces, ordinary people seek individualistic solutions and try to survive against the onslaught of these forces.  Organizing is the art and science of creating vehicles for ordinary people to act effectively in the public arena and play a role in defining and shaping the communities in which they live. In our methodology we discuss the world as it is and the world as we would like it to be. In order for us to live in the world that we want - we have to build it!

 
 
Christina Gonzales, Lead Organizer/Executive Director  

Christina Gonzales, Lead Organizer/Executive Director

 

Christina gonzales, lead organizer/executive director

Christina grew up in a south side community of Chicago called Pilsen. She was raised in an environment of community organizing where she witnessed her grandmother and close family members organize to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Her childhood experiences lead her to work with non-profit organizations after she completed her undergraduate work at Columbia College Chicago. Throughout her career Christina used several organizing tools and techniques with proven success.

In 2008, Christina attended National-Louis University and obtained a masters degree in business management two years later. After receiving her degree, Christina traveled to Manchester, United Kingdom to organize tenant & resident associations addressing the substandard living conditions within the communities.  Upon completing her term in Manchester she went to Maryland to work with inter-faith groups addressing issues of foreclosures, transit equity, and jobs. 

Christina joined J.O.B. in 2012 with ambitions to continue to build J.O.B. into a powerful organization in San Diego and the Southern California region.

 
Ken Herman, Leadership Council President 

Ken Herman, Leadership Council President 

ken herman, leadership council president

Until his retirment in 2014, Ken Herman served as Director of Music/Organist for the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego. Twice he served as President of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network, a 700-member national denominational organization of professional musicians. A former Music History teacher at San Diego State University, he also covered classical music for the San Diego Edition of the Los Angeles Times and currently reviews concerts and plays for the online cultural source SanDiegoStory.com.

He is a member of the Church Council of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, San Diego. After the congregation joined Justice Overcoming Boundaries (JOB), he became active in the organization and attended National Training in 2013. He subsequently joined JOB’s Leadership Council, becoming its President in 2015. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Gamaliel of California, the statewide Gamaliel organization to which JOB belongs.

 

ema flores, vice president

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