Jessie Lopez, Diversity Development Coordinator
Jessie Lopez is born and raised in Santa Ana, CA. A proud product of the Santa Ana Unified School District, Jessie has obtained an Associate’s Degree from Santa Ana Community College and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from the California State University of Long Beach. As a first-generation student, Jessie worked two jobs to put herself through college.
Throughout her academic journey, Jessie helped lead several student organizations that focused on the empowerment of the student body. While vice president of the Sociology Student Association, the organization earned two leadership awards from the CSULB Leadership Academy. Since graduating, Jessie works full-time at a law firm and enjoys using her bilingual skills to help with pro bono cases.
In her time off, Jessie serves as a coalition member for Rise Up Willowick, Orange County Environmental Justice, and is a board member for the National Women’s Political Caucus. Jessie also volunteers her time with the Public Law Center, OCCORD, and Planned Parenthood. She is a firm believer in civic engagement, the right to equal treatment and opportunity, and is passionate about empowering community participation.
Concurrently, Jessie is running for the central committee, 69th district. But in an alternate universe, you’d find her hosting a podcast, snuggling with two golden retrievers, and traveling the world. Jessie can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Jose F. Moreno, University Professor
Dr. Jose F. Moreno was re-elected to the City Council in November 2018 representing District 3 in north-central Anaheim. He served as mayor pro tem during 2018.
Moreno was first elected for a two-year term on the City Council in November 2016. Before joining the Council, Moreno served two terms on the Anaheim City School District Board of Education from 2006 to 2014.
He strives to ensure local government works for everyday residents in his district and across the city.
In 2017, Moreno led efforts to adopt a “sunshine ordinance” that has resulted in stronger, more responsive and accountable local government. That same year, he also led efforts for Anaheim to become a welcoming city that embraces the economic and cultural contributions of immigrants and newcomers alike.
Moreno is an associate professor in the Department of Chicano & Latino Studies at California State University, Long Beach, where he focuses on Latino education and policy studies.
He received his bachelor’s in social ecology with an emphasis on criminology and human behavior from the University of California, Irvine.
Moreno earned his master’s and doctorate in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University, where he co-chaired the editorial board of the Harvard Educational Review.
He is president of Los Amigos of Orange County, a community group serving people and communities in need. He previously served on the boards of Orange County Community Housing Corp., which provides housing and education to low-income families, and Orange County Communities for Responsible Development, which works to promote participation in local government.
The youngest son of an immigrant family, Moreno grew up in Oxnard, Calif. He and wife Lorena, a school principal, have lived in Anaheim for more than a decade. They have four daughters, three of them in Anaheim public schools and one attending the University of California, Los Angeles.
Moreno is a proud Girl Scout Dad who enjoys watching his daughters play youth volleyball and take part in school activities and events.
Isuri S. Ramos, Policy Analyst
Isuri Sadadhy Ramos is the daughter of Mexican immigrants from Acapulco and Puebla. Santa Ana, CA became their home upon arriving in the United States, and a place filled with culture and community. Isuri was raised in one of the city’s densest neighborhoods where she saw working class immigrant families defy the odds to provide their children with opportunities. Isuri learned that her community was a resilient one.
Isuri is a product of the Santa Ana Unified School District and attended the University of California, San Diego where she joined Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Incorporated and earned two Bachelors of Arts degrees; one in International Studies with an emphasis in Political Science and the other in Urban Studies Planning.
Isuri returned to Santa Ana and began working for The Kennedy Commission, a non-profit that does housing advocacy as a Community Organizer and now as a Policy Analyst. She continues to work with residents and community partners in Santa Ana to do resident organizing, tenant rights work, outreach, education, and policy advocacy to improve the quality of life for residents with limited resources.
Isuri served as the Chairwoman of the City of Santa Ana’s Community Redevelopment and Housing Commission, is actively involved with Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities, is a Board Member for Chispa, and is serving her second term as a 69th Assembly District Delegate for the California Democratic Party. In her free time Isuri enjoys hiking and traveling.
Juan Gabriel Alvarez, Teacher/Parent
Juan Gabriel Álvarez is an Anaheim resident, husband, father of two boys and a math teacher. Juan is a first generation Chicano whose parents immigrated from Michoacán, Mexico. Juan has a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and a master’s degree in Educational Administration. He is currently serving his first term as a trustee for the Anaheim Elementary School Board where he was recently elected as the Clerk. Juan has a longstanding history of advocacy work in his community. He is a member of SOMOS Anaheim where he helps plan the annual Día de Los Muertos event in Anaheim, he is on the executive board for his local teacher's union the Anaheim Secondary Teachers Association (ASTA) where serves as secretary, he is president and founder of a literacy focused non-profit called Operation L.E.E. where he coordinates the giveaway of thousands of books every year, he is on the PTA board at Sycamore Junior High, and volunteers countless hours engaged in various community events and local causes. Juan is an advocate for working families, believes in a living wage, supports affordable housing, believes in Medicare for all, hopes for the abolition of ice, champions social justice issues and is worried about climate chage.
Manny Escamilla, Urban Planner
Manny Escamilla was born in Long beach and raised in Santa Ana, spending his youth at the McFadden Library and Jerome Center. After graduating from Santa Ana Unified he went on to UC Berkeley and received two Master's degrees from UCLA (MURP & MLIS). He began working for the Santa Ana Public Library in 2004, as part of the White House Award-winning TeenSpace program. He spent fourteen years working for the City of Santa Ana as an urban planner, librarian, and historian. In 2015 he was recognized by Library Journal for his work with the Teen Community Historian program to collect, preserve, and share local history. Manny served as a City representative on the Santa Ana Arts & Cultural Master Plan. He volunteers as a consultant to local artists incorporating historical themes and site-specific considerations across the city. He is a board member of the Makara Art Center, the Mexican American Heritage and Cultural Center of OC, and part if the Directors Circle with Cal State Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center.