Pablo Rodriguez, Executive Director
Pablo Rodriguez brings twenty-three years of experience developing successful mass civic and electoral participation campaigns throughout the United States. Prior to joining Communities for a New California Pablo served as a Public Policy Consultant and Communications Director for JG & Associates. His responsibilities included the development and implementation of political strategy, issue research, communications, and community organizing projects.
Pablo also previously served as Director of the Dolores Huerta Community Organizing Institute, where he developed trainings for mass base-building, and direct political action campaigns for organizations throughout California. In addition he developed service-learning programs with San Jose State University, the National Association of Social Workers, and Loyola Marymount University (LMU). In partnership with LMU, he also initiated the development of the first micro-finance program focusing exclusively on farm workers in the United States.
Pablo has formerly served as board member for the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, a 501c3 non-profit that organizes high school student leadership programs in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Fresno, CA. Pablo also served as a board member with California Common Cause, a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization committed to achieving transparent and accountable government, as well as encouraging citizen participation in democracy. Pablo has also previously served as Board Chair with the Americans for Democratic Action Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. The ADA Education Fund is committed to promoting public policy education and citizen empowerment.
Anna Lisa Vargas, Coachella Valley Civic Engagement Project Team Leader
Anna Lisa Vargas is a life-long resident of the Coachella Valley. In 2004, she received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Anthropology from UC Irvine. Anna returned to Coachella to work on behalf of local families and communities, with emphasis on community health, education, and advocacy.
Anna was formerly the Director of Poder Popular, which is a grassroots leadership development and community empowerment organization. This is accomplished by providing skill and capacity building for community leaders, education, advocacy, and policy change. Anna has over seven years experience working with the Eastern Coachella Valley Latino community and various community campaigns & projects.
Samantha Valadez, Field Director
Samantha’s work with CNC started as a phone banker and together with her team were able to speak to more than 13,000 voters in the cities of Merced, Turlock and Los Baños. Samantha spoke directly with hundreds of voters from Merced informing them about Measure T and how it would create the environment for a voice for every neighborhood at City Hall by creating six single-member districts. Measure T was passed by Merced voters!
Samantha coordinates all aspects of CNC's non-partisan civic engagement projects. From targeting, logistics, script development, and day-to-day operations. Since 2016 Samantha's teams have spoken to over 75,000 voters in the San Joaquin and Coachella valleys.
Samantha earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a minor in Professional Writing from University of California, Merced.