Green Festival Speakers
Alicia Garza is the Executive Director of People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), a multiracial and intergenerational organization fighting poverty at the root in San Francisco and beyond. Alicia was a Lead Organizer and the Co-Director at POWER prior to being named Executive Director in 2012. She helped to launch POWER’s Bayview Hunters Point Organizing Project, an organizing initiative aimed at building a strong core of resistance in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point community to challenge gentrification and displacement. Alicia has organized in working class communities of color in the Bay Area for nearly ten years. In 2008, Alicia was named a Local Hero by the San Francisco Bay Guardian for her work fighting gentrification and environmental racism in one of San Francisco’s largest remaining Black communities. Alicia is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego and has a dual degree in Sociology and Anthropology, and is pursuing a master’s degree at San Francisco State University in the Ethnic Studies Department. She sits on the Board of Directors for the School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL) in Oakland, California, and is an Advisory Board member for Asian Youth Promoting Leadership and Advocacy (AYPAL) in Oakland, California. She is also a contributing writer for WarTimes magazine.