Santa Ana BHC Hub

Ana Siria Urzua
Campaign Coordinator, Santa Ana

Ana Siria Urzua is a homegrown organizer.  She began organizing as a high school student at El Centro Cultural de Mexico in Santa Ana, CA where she fused art, culture, and music in her work.  She then interned at SEIU-UHW while a student at UC Irvine and soon after graduating, she worked for the Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD).  Ana worked on voter registration, neighborhood organizing, and policy reform.  Her policy reform work with the Santa Ana Collaborative for Responsible Development (SACReD) led to an ordinance for greater transparency and participation in city governance and planning practices under the Sunshine Ordinance.  Today, Ana serves as campaign coordinator with Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities, supporting policy advocacy focused on equity and health in Santa Ana.  Ana received her BA in Anthropology at UC Irvine, where she was awarded the Malinowski Prize for her honor's thesis entitled "Gentrification and Displacement: Assessing Responses in Santa Ana, Califronia."  She is co-author of  "The grassroots and new urbanism: a case from a Southern California Latino community", which appears in the Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability.  Ana was born in Colima, Mexico. She recently travelled through six Latin American countries where she connected with folk musicians and local organizers. She was inspired by the land rights and food sovereignty movements of indigenous communities in Belize, Colombia and Southern Mexico to do her part in the formation of local systems of production and healthy interdependence.

Joel Cazares
Administrative Coordinator, Santa Ana

Joel Cazares, an aspiring Medical Doctor who at the age of 14 immigrated to the United States from Jalisco, Mexico; began volunteering with SABHC in 2009 during the planning phase of the initiative.  Prior to obtaining a coordinator position with BHC in 2013, Joel worked as a Back Office manager at a family clinic "Clinica Medica San Pedro" in El Monte California.

With community in his mind, Joel joined the BHC movement to work alongside community members whom like himself, whom immigrated to the U.S. in search of a better life.

Joel graduated from California State University Long Beach in 2008 with a Bachelors in Science and Minor in Chemistry. He also completed a post baccalaureate education at UCLA.

He hopes to matriculate in Medical School in 2017, obtain a Medical Degree in 2023 and continue giving back to the community of Santa Ana and keep advocating for systems change alongside amazing community organizers and coordinators like his peers Ana Urzua, Melody Gonzalez, Abraham Medina and Ignacio Rios.

Joel thanks his parents and community for helping him be an hombre de palabra.