Project Super Bloom's board acts as our strategic direction setting body, setting the programmatic direction of Project Super Bloom, oversees our candidate endorsements, and decides on pertinent policy issues for Super Bloom's advocacy.
Jaria is an activist for college students from the Bay Area. She spearheads her advocacy in San Jose as a CA Democratic Delegate for Assembly District 25, a student lobbyist on San Jose State University's Lobby Corps, and a campaign coordinator for political campaigns in the Bay Area. She is also involved in the NAACP Youth Chapter, designing graphics and organizing joint-organization efforts. In the day, she works as a Field Representative helping individual constituents in Assembly District 25. She hopes that her progressive voice and organizing efforts will foster the youth to become more active in their community and push California forward.
Chris is a Master of Public Policy Candidate at UC Riverside raised in the Inland Empire. He just helped launch a community-based initiative in his hometown called Banning’s Future Fellowship targeted at helping stop the brain drain in small cities. He is also a Blum Initiative Service Learning Fellow and Graduate Teaching Assistant for the School of Public Policy at UC Riverside, a member of Riverside County Young Democrats, San Gorgonio Pass Rotary, and Inland Empire Democratic Socialists of America. Aside from community organizing and teaching, catch him at your local library, park, or watching Lakers games.
Carol Gonzalez uses her voice to bring attention to issues that threaten social, racial, and economic justice. By day, she represents K-12 school districts, community colleges, and other educational organizations. Off the clock, she volunteers with Advancing Latinas into Leadership, holds various leadership roles in democratic organizations, and is a delegate for the Democratic party. She brings a range of experience from working on campaigns, policy, fundraising, and elections. In her spare time, she likes to take walks with her dog Princess and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and nature.
Riddhi Patel is an environmental justice organizer who stresses the need for intersectionality to truly fight for collective liberation for communities in California. They organize with their local Sunrise Movement Hub, Sunrise Kern, and the local defund the police campaign, People's Budget Bakersfield.
Josiah Edwards is a 21 year old environmental justice organizer based in Los Angeles, CA, who works to uplift the voices of frontline communities. A member of the Sunrise Movement, he served as the hub coordinator for the local LA hub until July 2021. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Common Dreams, and Democracy Now. He continues to actively organize with Sunrise Movement as well as Black Lives Matter - LA.
Andrew Charroux is from Northeast Los Angeles and is an undergraduate student at Harvard College studying public policy and economics. Andrew spent a year working at Way to Win, a national progressive strategy and donor hub that invests primarily in BIPOC-led community organizations, endorses progressive candidates, and provides electoral analysis to build power and advance transformative policy. Andrew has also been working on Lucas Kunce’s U.S. Senate campaign as the in-house policy researcher and is currently interning with the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. Andrew is excited to serve on the board of Project Super Bloom because he’s determined to make the California legislature more equitable, bold, and responsive to the needs of communities.
James Coleman is an elected City Councilmember with the City of South San Francisco. Compelled by the coronavirus pandemic, the nationwide protests against police brutality, and an intensifying climate crisis, James ran for city council to bring progressive change and a new perspective to his hometown's elected leadership. He was elected in 2020, becoming the city's youngest ever, first openly LGBTQ+ identifying, and first democratic socialist member of the city council at the age of 22. He graduated from Harvard University in 2021 with a degree in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and a minor in Government. Prior to this, James Coleman has worked with the community to help make our political system work for all of us from the Greater Boston area to his hometown in the Bay Area. In particular, James was a fellow with the Alliance for Climate Education, an organizer with Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard, and a cofounder of the Harvard Undergraduates for Environmental Justice.
Jorgel Chavez was elected as Council Member to the City of Bell Gardens in 2020. He won his election not through corporate contributions, but by knocking on the doors of his neighbors and engaging with his community. He is the youngest council member serving throughout Los Angeles County. In the midst of the pandemic, he graduated from the University of Southern California with his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Masters in Public Administration. Chavez is passionate about Bell Gardens and the SELA (South East Los Angeles) communities.
Osirus Polachart is a student at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. He is an assistant researcher studying farm worker labor rights in California and researcher of U.S. neoliberal policy in Central America. He is a board member for Central Americans for Empowerment as well as Senator for the Associated Students of the University of California. Osirus has a keen interest in Latin American Marxism and wants to research Latin American socialist movements as well as migration.
Catalina is a 19 year old farmworker in San Diego/Tijuana border area, organizing statewide with other young farmworker girls and Latinas on climate, immigration, and labor. She does Latino and indigenous constituency organizing for political campaigns across California and mentors high school girls who want to run for office or organize their communities.