DHF Board of Directors

Board Members

Alicia A. Arong


Alicia was born and raised in Stockton, California. She attended local schools and was involved in the arts and culture of her community at an early age. Ms. Arong continues to be involved at many levels in local and state activities. Read more.

Angela Cabrera, R.N.

Board Member

Angela began her nursing career in 1995 at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, California. The experience she gained at this county facility was both exciting and troubling. Recognizing a lack of bilingual nurses, Angela saw more clearly than ever the need for the work and education of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. Read more.

Barbara Carrasco

Board Member

Barbara Carrasco is an artist and muralist. Her works have been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe, and Latin America and her work has been featured in numerous publications: Ms. Magazine (2008), Los Angeles Times, New York Times; USA Today; Artforum; Boston Globe; new England Journal; High performance, and Flash Art. Read more.

John X. Fernandez, Jr.

Board Member

Prior to establishing Hawley Morton Productions, Inc. in 1995 John X. Fernandez, Jr. provided more than ten years of technical and management expertise to The Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall. Read more.


James Garrison

Board Member

James Garrison is president of Pacific Federal, LLC (PacFed) in Glendale. Founded by Garrison in 1977, PacFed was acquired by Zenith American in 2017. One of the nation’s largest employee benefit administrators, Zenith American provides health & retirement administration solutions to approximately 2-million families from over 45 Zenith-locations across the US. Jim has worked continuously in the health insurance industry for more than 40 years. Read more.

Jamila Guerrero-Cantor, EdD, NCC

Board Member

Jamila Guerrero-Cantor, EdD, NCC was raised in Los Angeles, CA where she has worked as a School Counselor for diverse Deaf students and other students in K-12, community college, and university settings. She became a young activist at Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden’s political/performing arts camp Laurel Springs in Santa Barbara, CA. Read more.

Dolores C. Huerta


Dolores Huerta works to develop community leaders, advocating for working poor, women and children. She travels daily speaking at universities and organizational forums on issues of social justice and public policy. She is the co-founder, Secretary Treasurer, and 1st Vice President Emeritus of the United Farm Workers of America. She is a Board Member of the Feminist Majority and Equality California. She has been a Community Organizer and Activist for over 50 years. Read more.

Dr. Fidel Huerta

Board Member

Dr. Huerta received his Medical Doctorate Degree from University of California, Los Angeles. He went on to complete his Internship and Residency Program in Family Practice at Kern Medical Center. Dr. Huerta joined the Kern Medical Center faculty as a Staff Physician at Kern Medical Center in 1998 as an Associate in the Department of Family Practice. Read more.

Cruz Phillips

Board Member

Cruz Phillips spent 15 years as a community organizer in the farm worker movement. She was the National Director of the successful Campbell Soup Boycott for the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, Development Director for the National Farm Worker Ministry, and Community Organizing Director for the United Farm Workers of America. Read more.

Paul Schrade

Board Member

Paul Schrade is a former director of the United Auto Workers in California. His involvement with the union dates back to the time of founder Walter Reuther. Schrade was also a close associate of Sen. Robert Kennedy and an aide in Kennedy’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in ’68. He was one of the five people wounded on the night RFK was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on April 5, 1968. He continues to be an activist for auto worker and social justice issues. Read more.

Martin Sheen

Board Member

Martin Sheen is one of the busiest, most conscientious actors in Hollywood, putting together a Herculean body of work. He became established playing youths run amok, and though his resume boasts its share of villains, he has grown over the years into a patriarchal figure, whose rectitude and social responsibility is in keeping with his very liberal Catholic activism. Read more.

Founding Members

Rev. Deacon Sal Alvarez, M.S.W. (December 10, 1940 – June 7, 2015)

Founding Board Member

Rev. Deacon Sal Alvarez, M.S.W, was the Director of the Institute for Non-Violence, Office of Human Relations, Santa Clara County—a community organization providing training from the perspectives of Ghandi, King, Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Msgr. Romero, and Mother Teresa on peace building, conflict resolution, mediation, and negotiations for civil rights and human rights advocates. Read more.

Jack Brigham (August 24, 1946 – July 7, 2016)

Founding Board Member

During Jack Brigham’s 20 years as a teacher in the Bakersfield City School District, he coached many outstanding Kern athletes, including Dean Jones, who became top Junior College basketball player in California during his sophomore year at Bakersfield College. He also became a leader in the Kern Council for Civic Unity, a leader and state vice president of the Bakersfield Federation of Teachers, AFT AFL-CLO, and the President of the Kern, Inyo, and Mono counties’ Central Labor Council for two terms.  Read more.

Richard E. Chavez (November 12, 1929 – July 27, 2011)

Founding Board Member

Richard Estrada Chavez was an American labor leader, organizer and activist. Chavez was the younger brother of labor leader César Chávez, who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, now known as the United Farm Workers (UFW). Richard Chavez is credited with building the United Farm Workers into a major California agricultural and political organization. Read more.


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