PERE Staff

Manuel Pastor, Director

Office: JEF 102
Phone: 213.740.5604

Manuel Pastor's bio and CV >>





(in alphabetical order, by last name)

Vanessa Carter, Senior Data Analyst

Office: JEF 102
Phone: 213.740.9638

About Vanessa Carter >>



Jennifer Ito, Project Manager

Office: JEF 102
Phone: 213.740.0745

About Jennifer Ito >>


Magaly Lopez, Data Analyst

Office: JEF 102
Phone: 213.740.2425

About Magaly Lopez >>

Gladys Malibiran, Communications Specialist

Office: JEF 102
Phone: 213.821.5258

About Gladys Malibiran >>


Rhonda Ortiz, Managing Director

Office: JEF 102
Phone: 213.740.5594

About Rhonda Ortiz >>


Lauren Portillo, Administrative Assistant

Office:  JEF 102
Phone: 213.740.3643

About Lauren Portillo >>

Jared Sanchez, Data Analyst

Office: JEF 102
Phone: 213.740.9718

About Jared Sanchez >>


Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez, Data Analyst

Office: JEF 102
Phone: 213.740.7110

About Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez >>


Justin Scoggins, Data Manager

Office: JEF 102 
Phone: 213.740.5433

About Justin Scoggins >>


Pamela Stephens, Data Analyst

Office: JEF 102
Phone: 213.740.5860

About Pamela Stephens >>

Madeline Wander, Senior Data Analyst

Office: JEF 102
Phone: 213.740.9721

About Madeline Wander >>




Affiliate Researchers

(in alphabetical order, by last name)


Chris Benner

Professor of Environmental Studies, Executive Director of the Everett Program, and the Dorothy E. Everett Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship Chair
University of California, Santa Cruz


About Chris Benner >>


Juan De Lara

Assistant Professor, American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Office: KAP 462
Phone: (213) 740-1767

About Juan De Lara >>

Martha Matsuoka

Associate Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy
Occidental College

Office: Urban & Environmental Policy Institute 201

About Martha Matsuoka >>



Rachel Morello-Frosch

Professor, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
University of California, Berkeley

Office: 128B Giannini, UC Berkeley

About Rachel Morello-Frosch >>

Rachel Rosner

Research Associate 

About Rachel Rosner >>

James Sadd

Professor of Environmental Science
Occidental College

Office: Hameetman Science Center 208

About James Sadd >>

Veronica Terriquez

Professor of Sociology


Graduate Student Researcher Profiles

(listed alphabetically by last name)


Robert Chlala

Summer 2014 - present
Research Assistant

Robert Chlala is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California. Prior to graduate school, he spent over 10 years working in organizing, legal advocacy and educational services with youth and immigrant communities. He also conducted independent research for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, the California Fund for Youth Organizing and the California Endowment on issues affecting young people of color in California. Upon entering graduate school, he worked with Prof. Veronica Terriquez to conduct quantitative analysis tracing the impact punitive discipline has on young men’s educational and economic trajectories.

Robert's current qualitative research sits at the intersection of urban studies, labor, race/migration and social movements, investigating how workers mobilize to transform city policy around policing in Los Angeles.

He is excited to continue engaged research that can make lasting ties between universities and community and labor organizations, and can speak to the everyday concerns of people working hard to build lives of dignity, happiness and equality. Robert is inspired in this work by his family and friends’ struggles and victories, and his practice of Nichiren Buddhism with the Soka Gakkai International, a constant reminder of the vast potential that all life possesses.

Victor George Sánchez Jr.

Fall 2015
Research Assistant

Víctor George Sánchez Jr. is a first year Master of Public Policy student at the USC Price School of Public Policy. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Víctor is the son of immigrant parents from Costa Rica and México. A proud first-generation Chicano/Latino, he graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with dual majors in Sociology and Latin American & Latino studies.

Prior to grad school, Víctor was the Community Engagement Development Coordinator for the Northeast region with the AFL-CIO. There, he helped build relationships with community groups around a shared agenda that included access to good jobs, health care, quality public education, affordable housing, and immigrant rights. As president of the UC Student Association during his undergraduate years, he helped lead the development and implementation of statewide campaigns advocating for greater access and affordability within the state's public higher education system. Upon graduation, his passion for empowering marginalized communities led him to Washington, D.C., where he was elected as vice president and then president of the US Student Association. There, he managed and implemented grassroots campaigns around national issues like student debt reform, the federal DREAM Act, and the preservation of educational access and financial aid programs for low-income students.

Víctor hopes to leverage his social justice organizing background to acquire the skills needed to further empower--through policy--low income and historically marginalized communities. He hopes to further focus on issues at the intersection of income inequality, anti-displacement/sustainable community and economic development as well as race and migration.


Undergraduate Student Assistant and Intern Profiles

(listed alphabetically by last name)

Paxton Hall

Fall 2014 - present
Office Intern

Paxton is a Junior at the University of Southern California majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Digital Studies. His professional interests involve global business, finance, and digital media. One day he hopes that he can start a company where these interests can intersect and provide a positive impact on underprivileged communities.

On campus he works as a member of the executive board for ALPFA, an undergraduate finance and accounting club that strives to bring internships, jobs, and other opportunities to students of color at USC interested in the field of finance. As he finishes his remaining years at USC, Paxton hopes to take advantage of the various professional and social opportunities that USC provides, and looks forward to a fulfilling career after graduation.

Felicitas Reyes

2014 - Present
Office Intern

Felicitas Reyes is in her third year at USC as an American Studies and Ethnicity major. She began working for PERE/CSII in November 2014 and has helped assist in outreach events and other administrative duties. She is also the undergraduate research assistant for Vice Dean George Sanchez in his office of Diversity and Strategic Initiatives. She has also worked with the Roots Foundation as the administrative director She is also involved with Chicanos for Progressive Education as the executive assistant and as a member of the Latino Fellowship.  Felicitas has also worked on a community engagement project known as History in Box that works to collect certain items that depict historical themes which will be utilized in Boyle Heights’ classrooms. She hopes to start her own research project with undocumented youth and Freedom University in Georgia as an extension of her previous immigrant research in Japan.

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