The California Environmental Rights Alliance envisions a clean and healthful environment for all Californians. The mission of the California Environmental Rights Alliance is to achieve environmental justice and improve community health in California.
The California Environmental Rights Alliance is led by many of California’s most experienced and successful environmental health and justice advocates. Our staff and Advisory Board members take pride in their commitment to protecting public health and dedication to community service.
California environmental justice advocates at the Cumulative Impacts and EJ Summit in Los Angeles, February 2008. Photo courtesy of Jesse Marquez.
The California Environmental Rights Alliance (CERA) was founded in January 2003 by many of California’s most experienced and effective environmental health and justice advocates. We created CERA to serve the needs of communities of color and low-income residents confronting California’s worst environmental problems and enjoying the fewest environmental assets.
Prior to creating CERA, staff members Dr. Joseph Lyou and Ms. Angela Johnson Meszaros had worked as environmental health and justice advocates for more than a decade at other Los Angeles-area organizations. To assure an on-going connection to community-based issues and priorities, they invited leaders from local grassroots groups and other colleagues to serve on the CERA Advisory Board. CERA became a project of Community Partners®, which serves as our non-profit fiscal sponsor.
The work of the California Environmental Rights Alliance is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations, including the Tides Foundation, the Energy Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Liberty Hill Foundation. The work of the California Environmental Rights Alliance is funded in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation.