Climate Water Advocates

Restore the Delta has a new team of university students who are working on climate/water issues for the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. Funded by the Irvine Foundation and Mosaic Momentum, these leaders from Stockton who are studying oceanography, environmental and material science, civil engineering, history, and political science have already been to the State Water Resources Control Board to make the case for the State Water Board to implement and continue with their Bay-Delta Plan to restore water flows for the Delta and for further protection for the estuary from harmful algal blooms.

Gloria Alonso

Gloria Alonso is a local immigrant activist and beginner environmentalist. She has been involved in local campaigns for the advancement of immigrant rights and more recently for environmental and public health protection. Gloria is a student at the California State University of Sacramento aiming for a major in Geography with a focus on Metropolitan Area Planning. Gloria’s homeland experiences shaped her advocacy. The lack of adequate water services impacting water pollution and deteriorating the health of the immigrant community at informal settlements is an issue close to her heart that makes her passionate about pursuing water conservation and creating ways to access clean water for all.

Katherine Parrilla

Katherine Parrilla is an aspiring historian and ethnic studies advocate. She is a Stockton native and a student at Humboldt State University. Katherine will be working with the Smithsonian Institute to help bring the story of the Filipino community to a national stage. In addition, Katherine is a climate water  intern for Restore the Delta and is passionate about environmental justice and the Bay-Delta region.

Haley Flanagan (she/her)

Haley Flanagan is a Sacramento native invested in the intersectional issues of gender, animal rights, and the environment. She is working to complete her degree in Environmental Studies at the California State University of Sacramento. Her time as a student, California resident, pet-owner, and photographer has fostered in her a deep interest in the biological sciences and human behavior. Because water and its properties are such a fundamental aspect of natural life, Haley is excited to be a part of Restore the Delta on its mission to create a safer and more accessible Delta for all- human and animal alike.

Cintia Cortez (she/her)

My name is Cintia Cortez. I was born and raised in Stockton, CA. I am a first generation, Latina born, C.I.P. scholar attending the University of the Pacific. I will be receiving a B.S. in Geological and Environmental Science with a concentration in Environmental Science and a minor in Sustainability. I have previously interned with Mountain House Community Service District and Congressman Jerry McNerney. I was inspired by Dr. Camarillo, from the University of the Pacific, to work in water conservation, after having done research with her in methods of data analysis for environmental scientists and engineers. Having been raised in a low-income minority household in South Stockton, I am honored to be working with Restore the Delta to bring awareness and resolutions to my community. In my spare time I enjoy thrifting, exploring new places, and spending time with friends and family.

MacKenzie Owens (she/her, they/them)

MacKenzie Owens is a Bay Area local and aspiring advocate for social justice. She is currently at San Jose State pursuring a Global Studies degree with a minor in Human Rights. Recently being introduced to community organizing, she has been working towards local jail reform with an on campus group at SJSU, Students Against Mass Incarceration (SAMI), who are apart of the Care First Jail Last Coalition in Santa Clara County. In addition, she also has a particular interest in environmental justice encompassing water rights and pollution. She is eager to assist in continuing the efforts towards promoting and preserving the general welfare of the Delta and surrounding community.

Sam Little (she/her)

I am Samantha Little, raised in Lodi, California. I am currently studying at San Joaquin Delta Community College. I am transferring to Humboldt State in the fall for Environmental Science with a concentration in Ecological Restoration and Management. I plan on having a regenerative organic farm, sustaining my family and my community. I am passionate about conservation, environmental justice, and social equity. It’s crucial to respect and support one’s diverse environment to have accessible, clean, and nourishing water.