Meet the Staff

Rabbi Jonathan Klein

Executive Director - jklein@cluejustice.org

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Rabbi Jonathan Klein has served as the Executive Director at Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice since 2009. He was ordained at Hebrew Union College in 1997 and served congregations in Flagstaff, Arizona and Rye, New York.
Before coming to CLUE, he directed Reform Movement’s College Department, then served eight years as the Director of USC Hillel and a year at Progressive Jewish Alliance. Klein has been arrested in civil disobedience actions against militarization in El Salvador in 1989 and police brutality in New York in 1999, as well as supporting of immigration reform in 2010, Walmart workers in 2015 and black security officers in 2017.
Rabbi Klein is also an animal rights activist and recently founded a multi-faith-based response to animal cruelty, Faith Action for Animals. He serves on the boards of the ACLU of Southern California, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, and the Chicago-based Interfaith Worker Justice. He is also an elected delegate to the California Democratic Party, representing Assembly District 51. Rabbi Klein is the proud father of three children and is married to Tera Klein.

Rev. Rebecca Benefiel-Bijur

Director of Development - rbijur@cluejustice.org

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Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister who has served congregations in Santa Monica, CA, as well as Stow and Cambridge, MA. She is a dynamic speaker committed to spiritual pluralism, worker justice, and anti-oppression ministries, she is also an experienced fundraiser who has supported nonprofit and faith-based organizations in increasing their funding from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government sources. Rev. Bijur was born in Tokyo and grew up in Japan, suburban Maryland, and India. She holds degrees from Yale College and the Harvard Divinity School and lives in Santa Monica with her husband and three children.  

Tessie Borden

Communications Specialist - tborden@cluejustice.org
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Before joining CLUE, Tessie was communications director at CARECEN and partnered with CLUE on initiatives including efforts to help unaccompanied children. She was part of the UCARE Coalition from its inception. She was drawn to CLUE because of its immigrant rights work, but found inspiration in its other campaigns for worker justice and equity. Tessie was born in the U.S. to Cuban parents but spent most of her childhood in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. During a 19-year journalistic career, she covered immigration and was a foreign correspondent in Mexico before turning to social justice advocacy.


Kevin Johnson

Office Manager - kjohnson@cluejustice.org
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From our Los Angeles office, Kevin 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. He joined CLUE because of the current attacks on the dignity of workers and poor communities. Because faith plays an important role in his life, he believes clergy are uniquely positioned to stand with those struggling for a better society.


Guillermo Torres

Senior Organizer - gtorres@cluejustice.org

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Guillermo spearheads CLUE's immigration campaigns (Sacred Resistance & Sanctuary; UCARE) as well as our Hospitality Training Academy outreach to diverse communities. He advocates for strong community benefits agreements in new building developments, particularly for securing local, diverse hiring, and worker rights. 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. Guillermo has a been 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.


Gabriella Rosco

Senior Organizer - grosco@cluejustice.org

Gabriella_RoscoSM.jpgGabriella is a senior organizer working with the Santa Monica CLUE Committee, which has succeeded in raising the bar in that city for living wages, working conditions and worker respect. She believes in working for local and global systemic change. Gabriella attended Westmont Christian College in Santa Barbara, where she felt called to become an elementary school teacher after hearing Father Gregory Boyle, of Homeboy Industries, at a campus event. After teaching for several years, Gabriella was moved to involve her faith more fully in her work. She became an organizer with CLUE, which drew her with its integrated spiritual and strategic approach for creating systemic change. 


Sandra Ortega

Senior Organizer - sortega@cluejustice.org

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Sandra has been working with Orange County communities for more than 10 years in various capacities. She has provided leadership training in low-income and marginalized communities to improve leadership and advocacy. She was a youth leader at her church for six years, including as part of the Lives Worth Saving Gang Human Trafficking Intervention program. Sandra started working with CLUE in 2013, concentrating on issues of immigration, low-wage work, gang violence and family separation. She attended Fullerton College and transferred to University of California at Irvine, receiving her BA in sociology. She is the proud mother of Briana and Cassandra, and has three grandchildren. She enjoys family outings, art, music, and balloon decorating.


Rev. Rae Huang

Faith-rooted organizer - rhuang@cluejustice.org

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Rev. Rae Huang is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She has a Masters of Divinity from Boston University-School of Theology and a Masters of Theology from Duke Divinity.  She has more than 13 years of experience working in non-profit, ecumenical, and interfaith contexts domestically and abroad, ranging from organizing youth and families on healthcare and street violence issues to her chaplaincy work in street, university, and hospital settings.  She also works with Kaleidoscope Institute, training faith leaders and clergy in anti-racism work and leadership, and provides mediation support for communities and schools.   


Stephen "Cue" JnMarie

Faith-rooted Organizer - cue@cluejustice.org

Stephen_Cue_JnMarieSM.jpgPastor Stephen "Cue" JnMarie is a former Virgin Records hip-hop artist who became the pastor at Skid Row's Church Without Walls. 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.


Mary Duong

Faith-rooted Organizer - mduong@cluejustice.org

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Mary Duong is a faith rooted organizer in Long Beach. She believes her work with CLUE is her faith in practice.  Mary coordinates the Long Beach committee and helps with the Justice for Port Workers campaign. She is honored to partner with faith and community leaders to make Long Beach a hospitable and just city for everyone. She received her Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and was first introduced to CLUE through the Young Religious Leaders Fellowship in 2016. No matter where she finds herself, she brings the gift of her birthplace and childhood city, which is Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. She loves reading, running, eating good food, and great conversations with friends. She also likes to ride motorcycles and go rock climbing.


Sarah Bedore

Faith-rooted Organizer - sbedore@cluejustice.org

Sarah_BedoreSM.jpgSarah is a part-time faith-rooted organizer for CLUE who has worked on CLUE's Anti-Predatory Lending Campaign, Safe Parking Campaign, and has participated in some of our immigration initiatives. Sarah has an interest in policy advocacy and policy analysis and is a graduate of the Zigler's Young Religious Leaders Fellowship. She joined  CLUE because of her passion for social justice and her desire to see faith intertwined with justice work. She is in the final year of her Bachelors in social work at Azusa Pacific University. She plans to continue toward a Master's in social work with a focus on public policy and contemporary social issues. In her free time, Sarah enjoys surfing, climbing, and hiking.


Lucero Garcia

Faith-rooted Organizer - lgarcia@cluejustice.org

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Lucero 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.

 

 

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