Rosalinda Guillen, Executive Director
Rosalinda Guillen is a widely recognized farm worker and rural justice leader. The oldest of eight she was born in Texas and spent her first decade in Coahuila Mexico. Her family emigrated to LaConner, Washington in 1960 and she began working as a farm worker in the fields in Skagit County at the age of ten. Ms. Guillen has worked within the labor movement with Caesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers of America and has represented farm workers in ongoing dialogues of immigration issues, labor rights, trade agreements, and strengthening the food sovereignty movement. She works to build a broader base of support for rural communities and sustainable agriculture policies that ensure equity and healthy communities for farm workers.
Edgar Franks, Formación Cîvica Coordinator
Edgar Franks is a C2C organizer in Bellingham, WA. He serves as the Civic Engagement Program Coordinator at Community to Community Development, working to engage supporters and develop a strategy that ensures the needs of the Farm Worker community are represented. Community to Community works on issues of Food Sovereignty through the lens of Farm Workers, with the goal of creating a politically conscious inter-sectional base that is fighting to create a local solidarity economy. Edgar currently represents Community to Community on the National Planning Committee for the US Social Forum and on the US Food Sovereignty Alliance. He is also on the National Leadership Team of Move to Amend.
Maru Mora Villalpando, Policy Advocate and Media Coordinator
Maru Mora Villalpando is a bi-lingual statewide community organizer and trainer with more than ten years experience primarily focusing on immigrant rights and racial justice issues. She was one of the lead organizers for the 10th Annual March for Immigrant rights in Seattle, WA where thousands of people demonstrated their support for immigration reform. Ms. Villalpando has been instrumental in grassroots organizing efforts ranging from national health care reform to meetings with local officials on the presence of ICE in Lynnwood Police Station. Maru has been volunteering her time to C2C since 2007 by providing policy analysis on farm worker and immigrant justice related issues and training to members on civic engagement and civil rights . She keeps organizational leaders updated on developments in immigration reform.
The work that C2C does is critical for the entire immigrant community in Washington State and Maru’s work in different communities throughout the state will link seamlessly with our current projects. We are excited to welcome her and her daughter Josefina Mora to their new home in Bellingham and to the political work we will all carry on together!
In 2011, Maru received the C2C “Seeds of Justice” Award.
Jessica Ramirez, Special Projects
Jessica has been coordinating the boycott for the Seattle area since January 2015, and is excited to step into the role National Boycott Coordinator. Her first target for the Boycott Driscoll’s campaign was at the University of Washington, and with the help from student activists in April 2015 UW dropped Driscoll’s from their shelves.
Her dedication to farm worker’s rights is born out of her deep love and appreciation for how people work. She says, “I want to make a change that is meaningful to the way farm workers and their families live in the United States and beyond.”
Jessica has organized the Seattle Boycott Committee by gathering support from the labor unions and social justice organizations that support Familias Unidas por la Justicia’s fight for a union contract.
Malora Christensen, Development Director
Malora has been a part of the Bellingham & Whatcom community for the past 10 years and working with C2C as a white ally over the past 5 years. Malora is committed to supporting a vibrant, diverse community where equity and justice is the norm. When she's not managing a Permanent Supportive Housing program for adults that have experienced chronic homelessness, she's fundraising for the movement, hiking or playing honky-tonk music.
Colette Cosner, Communications Coordinator
Colette Cosner is a communications and development specialist working with non-profits and community organizations dedicated to social justice and policy transformation. Most recently Colette served as the Executive Director of the Domestic Fair Trade Association, a national coalition dedicated to a more just, healthful, and sustainable food system. She has worked at the intersection of immigration and trade policy reform for almost a decade and is honored to contribute to the C2C’s core team.