PSR-LA Welcomes Two Staff Members: Jennifer Kim & Raquel Mason
Aug 27, 2015
Jennifer Kim, Air Quality & Health Associate
Jennifer Kim joined PSR-LA in June 2015 as the Air Quality and Health Associate. She provides support for the implementation of our Air Pollution program, which focuses on regional pollution policies, the elimination of urban oil and gas extraction, and the rapid transition away from fossil fuels. Jennifer is driven by her passion to actualize vibrant and just communities, and has been involved with various environmental and social justice organizations. She has worked with the Center for Biological Diversity on efforts to prevent tar sands oil development and expansion in the US, and has volunteered with Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice and People Organized to Win Employment Rights (P.O.W.E.R) in Bayview Hunters Point, a neighborhood heavily burdened with pollution from past and present industrialization.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Sustainability and Social Justice from San Francisco State University. She has a great interest in sustainable and inclusive community development, and plans to return to school for her master’s in a related field.
Raquel Mason, Program Associate
Raquel Mason joined PSR-LA in July 2015 as a Program Associate, where she supports PSR-LA’s Climate Change and Toxics programming and coalition initiatives. Previously, Raquel partnered with MEND – an antipoverty organization in Pacoima, California – to assist with their newly established Grow Together Program. The project works to promote good health for its participants through access to fresh produce, the exercise offered by gardening, and educational workshops. By the end of the first harvest, program participants were excited and empowered by their built environment. After witnessing this new community of urban gardeners, Raquel was inspired and committed to the power of bottom-organizing. Raquel has worked with several social justice organizations throughout Los Angeles including Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, Peer Health Exchange, and most recently with Pacoima Beautiful’s Urban Agriculture Program.
Raquel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental College. In the future she plans to pursue her Master’s in Urban Planning.