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.

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.