Board of Directors

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Norman Copeland, Chair

Senior Pastor, St. Paul A.M.E. Church

Reverend Copeland is the Chair of CLUE directors and works as a Senior Pastor at St. Paul A.M.E. Church. His dedication to social justice has placed him on the picket lines for worker rights within the MTA, Hotel, Grocery Store, and Janitorial industry. He is a part of many organizations working towards the fight to injustice and has been awarded over 500 times for his 20 years of work.

 

 

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Glynndana Shevlin

Disney Worker

Glynndana is a Disneyland Shop Steward who seeks justice through Unions. Along with being a Board member at CLUE, she holds a board position at UNITE HERE Local 11, to bring justice and dignity to her coworkers. Her passion for justice allowed her to also take part in the OC Labor Federation to assist working families to achieve more in the economy and workforce.

 

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Robert A. Branch

SEIU-USWW/Security Division

Robert is a security officer and member of SEIU-USWW, a Union for service workers on the West Coast. He has taken part in many protests to show social injustice for service workers. His work to bring better conditions for Service Employees is successfully fought and brings positive change to the industry.

 

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Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen

Professor, American Jewish University

Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen is Professor of Rabbinic Literature at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University. Cohen is also the Rabbi in Residence at Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. Cohen’s latest book is Justice in the City: An Argument from the Sources of Rabbinic Judaism (Academic Studies Press). Rabbi Cohen’s vision for economic justice, which is deeply rooted in Jewish sources, and is inspired by Rev. Martin Luther King’s call for nonviolent direct action, has led him to risk arrest in solidarity with low income workers.

 

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Mary Stancavage

Director, Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society

Mary Stancavage has practiced meditation, yoga, and cultivated a spiritual practice for over 30 years. She has taught meditation at recovery centers in Los Angeles, has co-facilitated Year-to-Live groups since 2008, and has a weekly class at ATS. She completed the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at the Sati Center and served as volunteer chaplain at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. In addition, Mary has a Masters from UCLA, and worked as an archaeologist in the Middle East.

 

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Rev. Stephanie Jaeger

Pastor, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, North Hollywood

Reverend Jaeger is a Pastor at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and works for justice for homelessness, local and global hunger, mentally ill and disabled, and inclusive churches. Her passion to bring justice to the following areas shows her love of preaching, worship leading, and teaching of Biblical studies and Theology.

 

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Rev. Jim Conn (Ret.), Development Chair

United Methodist Church

Reverend Conn chairs the Development Committee for CLUE, including its Resources Council.  He retired after four decades as a United Methodist Minister. His work for social justice has focused on political activism and human services. During his career he founded two dozen social services agencies from preschool programs to homeless projects.  He writes for Capital & Main.

 

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Rabbi Steve Einstein

Founding Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation B'nai Tzedek

Rabbi Einstein is the Founding Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation B’nai Tzedek. He has been awarded for his work in Jewish learning and Human Relations. His passion for the community allowed him to be a Chairman for the Board of Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, Chaplain for Fountain Valley Police Department, and President of Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council.

 

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Mary Ann Swenson (Ret.)

Bishop, United Methodist Church

Bishop Swenson began her career serving churches across the country as pastor, associate pastor, and youth minister. She also held a variety of leadership roles within both the church and her local communities. Mary Ann Swenson was elected to the episcopacy by the Western Jurisdictional Conference in 1992 and assigned to the Denver Area. In 2000, she moved to the California-Pacific Annual Conference and served there until her retirement. 

 

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Rev. Heidi Worthen-Gamble

Presbytery of the Pacific

Reverend Worthen-Gamble is a Pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is on staff as the Mission Catalyst in the Presbytery of the Pacific. Her focus is to not only bring awareness of root causes of poverty within the local spectrum, but also globally, and also where the global and local intersect in the immigrant community. She is co-founder of the UCARE Coalition to Central American refugee children and families, and is passionate about witnessing to God’s love, justice, and peace to all people.

 

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The Rev. Francisco Garcia, Treasurer

Rector, Holy Faith Episcopal Church, Inglewood

The Rev. García is the Rector at Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Inglewood. He was a part of the labor movement for 12 years, where he worked as an organizer, negotiator, and campaign director. He is passionate about labor, racial and economic justice, immigrant and LGBTQ rights, and all forms of inclusion. The Rev. García works for a number of boards and organizations to fight for gun violence prevention, Christian and Muslim relations, and other interreligious councils.

 

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Father Mike Gutierrez

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Baldwin Park

Father Gutierrez is Pastor for St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He is passionate for workers rights and specifically took a stand against hotel management. He takes a Catholic stance to bring awareness to the morals that should take part within social and economic systems.

 

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Betty Hung, Esq.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Betty Hung is an advocate for Asian Americans Advancing Justice throughout Los Angeles. She seeks justice within immigration rights, racial discrimination, education equity, and criminal reform. Her work as an Attorney has allowed her to be on many boards, including Long Beach Immigration Rights Coalition, National Lawyers Guild, and Los Angeles Black Workers Center. The National Lawyers Guild and Sexual Assault Crisis Agency have honored her for her work in social justice.

 

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Rev. William Smart, Vice Chair

President and CEO at Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California

Reverend Smart is a Co-Pastor at the Christ Liberation Ministries in Los Angeles and the Director of External Training and Outreach at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy. He works for social and racial justice, through presidential campaigns, the Democratic National Committee, the NAACP, African American Clergy Outreach, and more.

 

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Richard Zaldivar

Founder and President at The Wall Las Memorias

Richard is the founder and executive director of The Walks Las Memorias Project, which is dedicated to promoting wellness and illness prevention among the Latino populations. He is an advocate for HIV/AIDS education and prevention, while being sensitive to different spiritual and religious beliefs. His dedication to fight for social and health justice empowers the community and landed him many awards for his work toward a better future for Latinos.

 

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Rev. Sarah Halverson-Cano

Fairview Community Church, Costa Mesa

Reverend Halverson-Cano is the Senior Pastor at Fairview Community Church in Orange County. She is an advocate for LGBTQ, low-wage workers, immigrant rights, and the interfaith community. She has received awards and recognition throughout Orange County and Los Angeles for her work with Orange County Labor Federation, Los Angeles Chapter of Council for American Islamic Relations, and the Orange County Human Relations Committee.

 


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