Board of Directors
ANNA SANTANA is a high school Spanish teacher in the Santa Clara Unified School District. She is also an instructor for the Saturday Academy Program (SAP) and the Home and Hospital Program (HHP). In the SAP, she teaches migrant and newcomer students, and in the HHP she serves adolescents who are hospitalized and youths who are under juvenile probation. She has a B.A. in Spanish and sociology from San José State University and an M.A. in education and Single-Subject Teaching Credential from Stanford University. During her studies, she served in the Student Fairness Committee, the President’s Commission on Diversity, and the Student Union Board of Directors. Anna is a proud product of Mexican immigrant parents and the granddaughter of a former bracero.
CESAR JUÁREZ RUIZ was first exposed to social justice while reading about the Zapatista movement in Mexico during high school. At age 18 he became involved with Voluntarios de la Comunidad in San José providing community education and engaging in mobilization efforts. Cesar then became a community organizer in different capacities. First with Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE), an undocumented student organization at SJSU, and then with UNITE HERE! Local 19, a hospitality workers union in San José, CA. In 2008, he became a community organizer and then Director of Organizing at Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN). Cesar has a B.A in Social Science and a Single-Subject Credential from San José State University. He is currently a high school teacher teaching ethnic studies and world history. His hobbies include gardening, reading and spending time with his family.
CHRIS LEPE is the Silicon Valley Senior Community Planner for TransForm, a non-profit organization that promotes walkable communities with excellent transportation choices to connect people of all incomes to opportunity, keep California affordable and help solve our climate crisis. Chris has also help leadand participated in a variety of grassroots campaigns outside of his role with TransForm including efforts to ensure sustainable and equitable development at the Berryessa Flea Market and Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. He has taught courses in the Environmental Studies, Health Science, and Intercultural Studies Departments at De Anza College and San Jose State University (SJSU) and earned his BA in Environmental Studies with a minor in Latin American/Latino Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his Masters in Urban Planning at San Jose State University
CYNTHIA KAUFMAN is the Director of the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action De Anza College where she also teaches Philosophy. She is the author of two books on social change Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope (Lexington Books 2012) and Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change (2nd Edition PM Press 2016). She is a lifelong social change activist, having worked on issues such as tenants’ rights, police abuse, union organizing, international politics, and most recently climate change. She received her PhD and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her B.A. in Development Studies from University of California, Berkeley.
JULIE SOLOMON is principal of J. Solomon Consulting, LLC, a program evaluation consulting firm based in Mountain View, California. She works with governmental and non-governmental organizations, grantmakers, universities, and coalitions in the U.S. and internationally to evaluate health promotion and prevention programs. She has a B.A. in linguistic anthropology and Spanish literature from Brandeis University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics from Stanford University. Julie serves on the City of Mountain View Human Relations Commission, through which she has co-led needs and assets assessments of the LGBTQ+ community and immigrant community. She also participates in the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Network (APPN) of Santa Clara County.
LUIS RUELAS currently serves as STEM Program Manager at Downtown College Prep. Previously he served as an Engineering and Mathematics teacher. He was a founding teacher at DCP Alum Rock High School and founder of the engineering program at the same school. His first introduction to organizing and community work came while he attended the National Hispanic University where he founded a LULAC chapter. Upon transferring to San Jose State University Luis joined SAHE (Student Advocates for Higher education) and continued his involvement in community work. Luis graduated with a BS in Materials Engineering in 2012 and joined the 2013 Teach for America Corps. He has served his community in the field of education ever since.
RICHARD HOBBS is the Executive Director and a co-founder of Human Agenda. He works to democratize our economic, financial and political institutions via worker-owned cooperatives, public banking, and the South Bay Progressive Alliance, where he serves on the steering committee. He heads Emulation Tours with trips to Mondragon, Spain, and Cuba and also serves as an immigration attorney with CLARO (the Human Agenda legal collective) and his own law office. Richard previously served as the Director of Citizenship and Immigrant Programs and the Office of Human Relations of Santa Clara County and as a trustee for the San José-Evergreen Community College District. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan and Ecuador, he has lived, worked, made presentations, or studied in over 50 countries, including a presentation to staff members of the Gross National Happiness Commission of Bhutan in 2011. Richard has master’s degrees from the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM) and San José State University (California) and a Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University (San Francisco, California)
SAM HO has worked in the areas of community building and human, social, and community services for over 20 years. He is currently a human resources manager specializing in diversity for the San José-Evergreen Community College District (California). Previously, he served as the Executive Director of a non-profit community-based organization in Southern California. In that capacity, he served low-income at-risk populations and worked with diverse communities and leaders representing all ethnic groups and backgrounds. Sam has an MBA in management from National University (La Jolla, California).
WILLIAM ARMALINE is the founder of the Human Rights Minor Program, Director of the Human Rights Collaborative (emergent Institute), and an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences [SISS] at San José State University (SJSU). Dr. Amaline has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University Of Connecticut. His formal training and professional experience span sociology, education, and human rights. As an interdisciplinary scholar and public intellectual, Dr. Armaline’s interests, applied work, and scholarly publications address social problems as they relate to political economy, environmental sustainability, racism and anti-racist action, critical pedagogy and transformative education, inequality and youth, mass incarceration, and drug policy reform. Follow his work and all things Human Rights at SJSU on Twitter: @SJSUHumanRights.