Building Healthy Communities from the Ground up

Members and Partners

Core Members

Our core members are base-building environmental justice organizations who are deeply engaged in CEJA’s work. Each core member has their Executive Director on our steering committee and staff members sitting on our program committees. They have also signed our policy platform and Principles of Collaboration

Asian Pacific Environmental Network is one of the few organizations in the country explicitly developing the leadership and power of low-income Asian immigrant and refugee communities to fight for environmental, social, and economic justice.  APEN is building new models of development, land use, and resource allocation in Richmond and Oakland, and across the state, to bring fundamental changes to our economic and social institutions to promote healthy, green, just communities.

Communities for a Better Environment works in predominately low-income Latino and African American communities in Oakland, Richmond, Wilmington and Huntington Park. CBE combines community organizing, science-based advocacy, and legal intervention into a uniquely effective single strategy to successfully impact change in these target communities and develop campaigns to address health hazards in the community.


CCAEJ-Vector (HighRes) 1 (1).pngCenter for Community Action and Environmental Justice works with Latino residents in the Inland Empire areas of Riverside and San Bernardino. CCAEJ is implementing a community-led multi-agency task force and revitalizing the community through a food justice, recreation equity and community land-use planning process that brings in green jobs, grocery stores with fresh food and produce, parks and recreational facilities.


Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment provides opportunities for grassroots groups to challenge and eliminate theThe Center on Race, Poverty & The Environment disproportionate burden of pollution borne by poor people and people of color. Their work is rooted in California’s San Joaquin Valley with low income and Latino communities because it is one of the poorest and most environmentally unhealthy regions of the country, and also because what happens there affects the nation.


Environmental Health Coalition works to improve the well-being of families and children in low-income communities of color in the San Diego/Tijuana region. EHC’s integrated approach engages residents in meaningful civic participation. Through organizing, advocacy and leadership training, residents are empowered to determine their visions for their neighborhoods and achieve public policies that reflect their desired changes.


People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights organizes Latino immigrant families to address environmental injustices and implement solutions to achieve healthy, sustainable communities. PODER works in San Francisco’s Mission and Excelsior Districts on community-based campaigns and projects in collaboration with neighborhood-based organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions, to achieve change.



Our partner organizations are doing environmental justice related work but are not limited to EJ-identified organizations. Each partner organization sits on at least one of CEJA’s program committees. They also sign our policy platform and Principles of Collaboration.

Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy builds grassroots power to invoke social, economic, and environmental justice for the people of California’s Central Coast region through policy research, leadership development, organizing, and advocacy. CAUSE defines the Central Coast region as the counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito.


Leadership Counsel

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, based in the San Joaquin and East Coachella Valley, mobilizes community voices, advocates for sound policies, and eradicates injustice to promote equal access to opportunity regardless of race, income, and place.


Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles represents over 5,000 physician and health advocates in Southern California and works to protect public health from nuclear threats and environmental toxins by informing the medical community and policymakers about safer practices that strengthen engagement in meaningful public health and environmental advocacy.


Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) builds grassroots power to create social and economic justice for low-income, female, immigrant, black, and brown communities in Los Angeles. To do this, SCOPE organizes communities, develops leaders, collaborates through strategic alliances, builds capacity through training programs, and educates South LA’s residents to have an active role in shaping policies that affect the quality of life in our region.

Core Members and Partners are recruited through an internal process at CEJA. If you are interested in learning more about this process, please contact