Beatriz Herrera was born and raised in New York City. She joinedSan Francisco based POWER in September 2007 as Women Worker's Project Organizer. Former community organizer with Causa Justa/Just Cause.
Beatriz Herrera began organizing as a student activist with MEChA and Poder Latino while in college. Post graduation, Herrera organized with Movement for Justice in El Barrio, alongside Latino immigrant residents fighting slumlords in East Harlem.
She has over 10 years community organizing experience in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York working alongside underserved communities of color to wage grassroots campaigns for housing, worker, and transit justice. She was a full-time organizer for seven years with POWER, a San Francisco non-profit serving Black and Latino families.
As a community organizer, Beatriz helped wage a successful campaign to win Free Muni for Youth, providing free bus access for youth in San Francisco. She also led POWER’s efforts to increase bike access and ridership in Bayview-Hunters Point and managed the organization’s large youth grant and budget with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. Together with the SFBC and other community organizations, she helped pass the San Francisco Unclaimed Bikes Ordinance, which provided San Francisco residents with free access to the city’s unclaimed bikes.
In the last three years, she helped coordinate and continues to support bike workshops with the SFBC to distribute refurbished bikes to over 200 residents in the Bayview and Mission districts, targeting Black and Latino bike riders, women, and youth.
Beatriz is a graduate of the Women’s Policy Institute, a year long statewide policy advocacy training through the Women’s Foundation. She is currently a full time graduate student in UC Berkeley’s Latin American Studies MA Program.
From Steve Williams: Over the years hundreds of people who have served on POWER’s staff, membership, leadership bodies, and Board of Directors. They are too many to mention by name, but I do want to extend special appreciations to Alicia Garza, Jaron Browne, Jason Negron-Gonzales, Marisa Franco, Aspen Dominguez, Cindy Wiesner, Ilana Berger, Nora Calderon, Larry Lattimore, Emma Harris, Gloria Esteva, Manuela Esteva, Donaji Lona, Juana Tello, Ernest Stokes, Beatriz Herrera, Karen Gibson, Lorren Dangerfield, Jesse Tello, Regina Douglas, Garth Ferguson, Brian Russell, Patty Snitzler, Thabiti Hayes, Khalil Abdul Samad, Jane Martin.
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- We would like to express our deep respect and appreciation for everyone who took the time to talk with us, and the organizations that generously hosted us during our travels. Interviews were confidential, but the following people have agreed to have their names listed for this publication:
Most of those listed were connected to Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
Beatriz Herrera was among those on the list.