our team


Gaby Hernandez

Executive Director

Gaby Hernandez is an undocumented scholar and community organizer. She is currently the Executive Director for the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition. As the Executive Director, she is responsible for developing and overseeing LBIRC’s campaigns and programs. Her experiences as an undocumented immigrant have fueled her passion for social justice and immigrant rights. She believes in the importance of people power and grassroots organizing. Gaby is currently a graduate student studying Applied Anthropology at CSULB and received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in International Studies from CSULB.  

Contact Information: ghernandez@lbirc.org

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Maribel Cruz

Operations Manager

Maribel is LBIRC’s Operations manager. Born in Mexico City, Maribel has lived in Long Beach, CA since she was a child. Growing up as an undocumented youth, she has lived through many of the experiences of those in the immigrant community with whom she now works with on a daily basis. Maribel leads the legal clinics, DACA workshops, and the administration of the organization. In college, Maribel was part of  Future Under Representative Educated Leaders (F.U.E.L) at California State University, where she graduated with bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Contact Information: mcruz@lbirc.org

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Jamilet Ochoa

Community Organizer

Jamilet Ochoa is a recent graduate of CSULB with a bachelor's degree in Women’s Gender and Sexucality Studies, and English Literature. Her experiences as a student organizer in La Raza Student Association centered intersectionality, allyship, and outreach. Jamilet’s passion in coalition building has helped her understand the institutional barriers that affect  underrepresented communities.  

Contact Information: jamilet@lbirc.org

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Carina Rodriguez

Community Organizer

Carina Rodriguez is a Community Organizers and a recent Cal State LB graduate. She's passionate about social justice issues and creating conditions for people to enjoy life and live their fullest potential. Additionally, she's also a restorative justice facilitator for CCEJ where she helps guide youth understand themselves, structural inequities and envision a just society. She's worked in other political campaigns but none can compare to the growth and sense of impact she has acquired while working at LBIRC.

Contact Information: carina@lbirc.org


Eda Villegas Echegaray

ESL Community Educator

Eda Villegas Echegaray is a driven educator and emerging singer-songwriter passionate for the advancement of immigrant rights, mental health awareness, and social equity. Challenged by inaccessible private lessons as a low-income undocumented student in Long Beach, Eda’s
passion to build long lasting community relationships through performing arts kindled her ambition in creating accessible art programs. Despite these barriers, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from California State University Dominguez Hills. Eda is currently committed to serving underrepresented immigrant communities by providing quality music
educational programs and ESL instruction.

Contact Information: eda@lbirc.org

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Long Beach immigrant rights coalition

525 E. 7th Street

Long Beach, CA 90813

Tel: 562-204-6333


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