Michelle Seyler, J.D.
Executive Director - email@example.com
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.
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.
Faith-rooted Organizer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeremy Arnold, CLUE’s Faith Rooted Organizer in Long Beach, was born and raised in Southern California. After dropping out of Santa Monica High School, Jeremy graduated from the New Roads School. He worked in the service industry for eight years before opting for a career as an organizer. 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 B.A. in English from Tulane University, where he ran the writing, tutoring and job search coaching program for two years. He is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica and 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 - email@example.com
Rev. Pastor Juan Carlos Durruthy
Faith-rooted Organizer - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - email@example.com
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.
Pastor Stephen "Cue" JnMarie
Faith-rooted Organizer - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - email@example.com
From our Los Angeles office, 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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, a 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.
Interim Director of Organizing - email@example.com
Guillermo Torres 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.