Michelle Seyler, J.D.
Executive Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
As a child of two ministers, Michelle Seyler has long understood that religion has a unique power to unite people, address social injustice, and envision a system that works for all of us. After pursuing an undergraduate degree in Communications and Religion, Michelle attended law school to learn legal and advocacy tools to serve disadvantaged, low-income people.
In her 15 years in nonprofit organizations, Michelle has worked in management, administration, fundraising, policy advocacy, legal advocacy, community engagement, communications, and marketing.
Before joining CLUE, Michelle oversaw the Naturalization and Family-Based Unit at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), where she supervised a team of people to secure legal status and citizenship for thousands of immigrants in Southern California. Michelle also worked as a manager and policy advocate for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a communications and marketing consultant for Healing Courage, a researcher and legal consultant for Foundation Beyond Belief, and a family advocate and counselor for La Casa de Las Madres.
Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree from American University and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law. She is a Certified Domestic Violence Counselor and an Advisory Board member for Healing Courage.
At the heart of Michelle’s philosophy for social change is the fundamental belief that the noble values of faith and spirituality guide our universal fight for equity and humanity. Michelle is honored to join the staff, board, and community of CLUE in this shared mission.
Program Director - email@example.com
Jeremy Arnold, CLUE’s Program Director, was born and raised in Southern California. After spending ten years in Santa Monica public schools, Jeremy graduated high school at New Roads School. He worked in the service industry for eight years before joining CLUE as a Faith Rooted Organizer in 2018. He was a CLUE Young Religious Leaders Fellow in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, he completed UNITE HERE’s Organizing Beyond Barriers internship in New Orleans, LA; Biloxi, MS; and Tunica, MS. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Tulane University, where he ran the writing, tutoring and job search coaching program for two years. He is a proud blood donor. His mother, Abby, is a grant writer and activist in Santa Monica, and his late father, Karl, was an AFSCME shop steward.
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur
Director of Development - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Pastor Juan Carlos Durruthy
Faith-rooted Organizer - email@example.com
Juan Carlos Durruthy is a faith-rooted organizer working in immigration issues. He is a lay leader with the United Methodist Church who has served as pastor, evangelism director and youth director over 15 years of service. He is an ordained minister and chaplain and has a B.A. and M.A. in theology. He also has several other UMC certifications. Juan Carlos has dedicated his life to his ministry, to his community and to serving God. He considers this work his life’s calling. Juan Carlos was born in Havana, Cuba. He has been married to his wife, Zenaida, for 15 years, and they have two daughters.
Faith-rooted Organizer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucero Garcia graduated from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in 2017 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in global cultures and art history. She works in Orange County on immigration issues and first joined CLUE in the summer of 2017 after participating in the Ziegler Young Religious Leaders Fellowship (YRLF 2017). She learned the faith-rooted organizing model which aims to eradicate the suffering of working class and immigrant workers and their families. Her faith is rooted and grounded in God’s love for justice. She believes social justice is for everyone, regardless of their ethnicity, age, gender, and religion.
Faith-rooted Organizer - email@example.com
Ashley Gonzales graduated from Azusa Pacific University in May 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Global Studies and a minor in Sociology. Before joining CLUE, she worked at Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, where her passion for the labor movement was further strengthened. Ashley grew up as a missionary kid in Quito, Ecuador, and was heavily involved in her community, where she observed severe social injustices that embedded in her a deep passion for social justice and equity. Working with her church taught her the importance of the faith community and the power they can leverage to create social change. Ashley is a passionate social justice advocate and looks forward to having sincere conversations with others and standing with the CLUE community to advocate for workers and immigrants.
Faith-rooted Organizer - firstname.lastname@example.org
David Jaimes was born in Lima, Peru but grew up in Santa Ana, CA. His parents are pastors and they work with small spanish-speaking immigrant pentecostal churches. He is currently serving at Santa Ana UMC and pursuing ordination. David holds a degree from Barclay College in Bible/Theology and is currently a divinity student at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has worked with various immigrant communities seeking justice as well as mobilizing faith leaders to action and compassion, and will be leading CLUE’s immigrant justice work in the region. He is happily married to Claudia, lives in Fullerton, and loves to play soccer in his spare time.
Pastor Stephen "Cue" JnMarie
Faith-rooted Organizer - email@example.com
Pastor Stephen "Cue" JnMarie is a former Virgin Records hip-hop artist who became the pastor at Skid Row's Church Without Walls several years ago. He joined CLUE's Black/Jewish Justice Alliance in 2014 after hearing about it from a program at USC’s center for Religion and Civic Culture. In addition to his pastoral duties, Pastor Cue is a faith-rooted organizer for CLUE.
Operations Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Johnson oversees the processes that enable CLUE to do its work efficiently and effectively and collaborates with other organizations working for a just economy. He has an extensive background managing grassroots social and environmental justice causes, work that has taken him to forty three states, and even Antarctica. He is an occasional speaker and writer on these topics. Because faith plays an important role in his life, he believes clergy are uniquely positioned to stand with those struggling for a better society.
Faith-rooted Organizer - email@example.com
Adam Overton is a faith-rooted organizer working with CLUE members and partners in Orange County. After eight years of humiliating working conditions and no health insurance as an adjunct professor, he joined the labor movement. With SEIU he helped organize adjunct faculty at art schools throughout Los Angeles, and with NUHW he worked with Fountain Valley hospital workers to demand fair treatment by management. He has been involved with Bend the Arc's Immigrant Solidarity Committee and other immigrant rights coalitions in the fight against Trump's racist deportation machine. He has been a shop steward, bargaining team member, CLUE Young Religious Leadership Fellow, massage therapist, artist, musician, and art community organizer. His faith calls him to stand with those fighting injustice and those demanding dignity for all.
Immigration Program Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Guillermo Torres spearheads CLUE's immigration and outreach campaigns. Guillermo was the lead CLUE organizer for the successful living wage campaign in Long Beach as well as the first-ever flying food workers unionization campaign at LAX. In that capacity, he also advocated for strong community benefits agreements in new building developments, particularly for securing local, diverse hiring, and worker rights. Prior to joining CLUE, Guillermo was a Teamster and an immigrant rights activist. His faith is a vital part of his work. Though he was raised a Pentecostal, he only reconnected with his faith in 2007, after a painful encounter. He sees this God's love revealed in his work to heal injustices and suffering in our community.