our team


Gaby Hernandez

Executive Director

Gaby Hernandez (she/her) serves as the Executive Director for the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition. Gaby was born and lived in Mexico City until she was twelve years old and moved to Oceanside, CA where she grew up before moving to Long Beach five years ago. Her life experiences as an undocumented woman have fueled her passion and commitment for social justice and immigrant rights. She’s an abolitionist who believes in the importance of people power and grassroots organizing in order to make real systemic change. Gaby received her Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in International Studies from California State University, Long Beach. Gaby has a dog named Fuego who she adores. 

Contact Information: ghernandez@lbirc.org

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Maribel Cruz

Director of Communications and Operations

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

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Nancy Perla 

Program Support

Currently, Nancy Perla is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts in Therapeutic Recreation from California State University of Long Beach and aspires to pursue a masters degree in Occupational Therapy. At CSULB, Perla was a student leader in F.U.E.L, For Undocumented Empowered Leaders and LSU, Latinx Student Union which shaped her passion for advocacy. 

Perla is determined to help bridge the gap between the urgent need of healthcare access and the systemic barriers that prevent the undocumented community from obtaining healthcare.

Contact Information: nancy@lbirc.org

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Glenda Linarez

Development Specialist Consultant

Glenda Linares, (she/her) is the Development Specialist Consultant for Long Beach Immigrants Rights Coalition. Glenda was born in El Salvador, and immigrated to Los Angeles when she was five years old, with her mom and older sister. Glenda’s work is inform by her own life experiences as an immigrant woman of color, and a young mom. Over the last twenty years, Glenda has been working for social justice grassroots organizations, initiality as a frontline staff, and in the past twelve years in management, and director roles. Glenda has successfully implemented and secured funds for several community based leadership programs, and launched Benevon, a multi-year donor development model. Glenda is the co-founder of Cambio Collectivo::Collective Change, a co-op that utilizes healing center modalities, and strength based approaches to create change both organizationally wide, and systemic change. Glenda will be completing her Bachelor's Degree this Spring, 2021 in Sociology at Pitzer College. She is the proud mama of a remarkable 22 year old.

Contact Information: glenda@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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