Catalina Garzon


Catalina has experience in multicultural leadership development, popular education, policy advocacy, and participatory research on environmental justice and community economic development issues in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before returning to graduate school at UC Berkeley, Catalina worked with emerging leaders at the forefront of environmental justice organizing efforts in communities of color around the Bay Area as project coordinator of Urban Habitats Leadership Institute for Sustainable Communities. While completing her Master's in Urban Planning, Catalina served as a graduate student researcher with the Institute of Urban and Regional Development, providing technical assistance on brownfields redevelopment to a community-building initiative in West Oakland. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley and is planning to focus her dissertation research on participatory research initiatives in environmental justice organizations in California. Her work as a research associate with the Pacific Institute's Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice Program directed her towards participatory research as a strategy being used by environmental justice groups to democratize environmental decision-making processes. Participatory research engages community residents in various aspects of research for environmental justice problem-solving, including identifying research questions, data collection and analysis, and translating research findings into action for improving local environmental and health conditions.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
University of California Berkeley, Ph.D.
Current Position:
PhD Candidate
UC Berkeley
Environmental Justice
1815 3rd Avenue, Apt. D
Oakland, California 94606
(510) 517-1602

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