Camila Chavez

Executive Director

Ms. Chávez is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). From the DHF headquarters in Bakersfield, Ms. Chávez oversees training for low-income community members in the areas of leadership and organizing skills specific to civic and electoral participation so that they can become catalysts for change in their own communities.

The ideals of non-violence, selfless motivation and personal responsibility were instilled in Camila by her parents Richard Chávez and Dolores Huerta. Camila grew up at the UFW Headquarters of La Paz where those same ideals were reinforced through the actions of people like her Uncle Cesar E. Chavez.

Under Camila’s leadership, the Dolores Huerta Foundation has accomplished some major victories including, but not limited to: the establishment of over 40 DHF grassroots community organizations in six communities in Kern and Tulare Counties which are working on neighborhood improvements and community projects, the development of a youth leadership program, a successful campaign for just wages which resulted in a wage increase for farm workers in Southern Central Valley in 2005, the Defeat of Propositions 73, 85 and 4 which would have amended the California Constitution to impede women’s reproductive rights, the defeat of an anti-immigrant resolution proposed in the Bakersfield City Council in September 2007, the establishment of the first micro-lending pilot project targeting farm workers in the Central Valley, and the implementation of a teen pregnancy prevention campaign.