Board of Directors:
Junko Ihrke: Board President (2013 to present)
Junko is an educator and ESL teacher. She became involved with the PEOC in 2009 while as a student at Claremont Graduate University. She taught ESL for many years on the Rancho Cucamonga day labor corner and has organized their two biggest events: the Misa Jornalera in November and the Fernando Pedraza Memorial and Community Celebration in May. She is most proud of her work writing curriculum and developing an evening ESL class in Rancho Cucamonga as well as writing and directing a teatro, or street theater. Currently, Junko is the Board President at PEOC and still remains an advocate for Rancho workers.
Miguel Caballero, Esq.: Vice President of the Board (2003 to present)
Miguel is a lawyer partner at law firm Perez & Caballero based in Los Angeles, CA. He has extensive experience in immigrant worker organizing, union organizing, and legal advocacy for workers’ rights in the workplace and immigrant rights. He worked with an immigrant worker collaborative and is a resource for immigrant organizing history in Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley.
Martha Bárcenas-Mooradian, PhD: Secretary of the Board (2016 to present)
Dr. Martha Bárcenas-Mooradian is originally from Veracruz, México. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Studies and a Master’s degree in Spanish Literature. She has held administrative/academic positions in various universities and community colleges in Southern California where she has designed and taught courses related to Spanish culture and indigenous languages, community engagement ethics, and global ethical leadership. In her combined teaching and administrative roles she has been a promoter of intercultural understanding, social justice and civic engagement, and has worked to build bridges between the colleges and local (under-represented) communities through curricular and non-curricular programs. She has contributed as a member of the Board of Directors for various non-profits that provide services to day laborers, previously incarcerated women, minority children and Hispanic families affected by alcohol or drug addiction. She has been faculty advisor and founder of programs that serve marginalized communities in the areas of education and immigration.
Sheheryar Kaoosji: Treasurer (2013 to present)
Sheheryar is the Treasurer for the PEOC – a post he’s held for the past 5 years. He is currently the Co-Director for the Warehouse Workers Resource Center based in Ontario, CA. His previous work includes as Campaign Director for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Yesenia Gonzalez – Board of Directors (2015 – present)
Yesenia, is a union organizer with the United Food & Commercial Workers local 1167 based out of Bloomington, CA. She has worked at UCLA Labor Center and was a volunteer at day labor sites and corners while she was a student at UCLA. This experience working with day laborers prompted her passion to work and support immigrant workers.
Francisco Suarez, Esq: Board of Directors (1998 to present)
Francisco is a founding Member of the PEOC Board. He is a prominent criminal defense, civil law and civil rights lawyer in Pomona. With over 28 years of experience, Francisco was a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow and has worked with Pomona Legal Services. He has also worked with Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice. He assisted the PEOC in the past at times to cease police harassment of day laborers in Pomona, CA.
Erika Paz : Board of Directors (2016 to present)
Erika came to the US in 1987, undocumented for 6 years. Forced out of college education due to being undocumented, she completed her studies as an English Language teacher in Universidad de Guadalajara. After becoming a permanent resident she went back to college and completed her degree in Photography. She has been in the real estate industry for 15 years as a Mortgage loan originator making sure people get the best loans available for them. She has held multiple AB 60 forums in Moreno Valley and other cities in the Inland Empire, she goes to high schools throughout Moreno Valley to share the resources available for undocumented students and their parents. For Erika, it is important that they know there are many opportunities and resources available for them to continue their studies. Her vision is to see our people empowered by taking advantage of the laws that allows them to grow and become self sufficient
Javier Hernandez: Board of Directors (2016 to present)
Javier Hernandez is an Undocumented Queer immigrant rights leader from the Inland Empire. He has advocated and taken direct action against anti-immigrant policies and deportations throughout the country and has co-founded several grassroots groups including the Inland Empire-Immigrant Youth Coalition. Through his work, Javier got involved with the PEOC in 2012 and has been an active community leader since.
Sylvia Carranza: Board of Directors (2017 to present)
Sylvia Carranza is the community organizer of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1428. Sylvia is dedicated to ensuring all workers have a voice on the job, regardless of their immigration status. She has participated in many picket lines to fight for dignity and respect for working families. Standing with striking workers including USC, Walmart, grocery workers, hotel workers, laundry workers and car wash workers. She has participated in fasts for justice, civil disobediences, help run voter outreach campaigns and helped organize many May Day marches. She has also supported workers in other states, in solidarity with Wisconsin and Ohio workers to beat anti-union attacks and in Arizona to fight for immigrant rights.