Staff

53483_275152295938741_1391018294_oBelinda Faustinos, Executive Director

Belinda Faustinos is the Executive Director of Nature for All. Prior, Belinda served as the Executive Officer of the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC). She was also the Executive Officer of three joint powers entities: the Watershed Conservation Authority, the San Gabriel River Discovery Center Authority and the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority. She retired from these positions in May of 2011 after 40 years as a California State employee. A native of Southern California, Belinda was born and raised in East Los Angeles, California. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College.

 

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Omar GomezProgram Manager

Omar Gomez joined Nature For All after serving as the coalition chair. Previously, he worked for the Council of Mexican Federation (COFEM) for 10 years as the Director of Programs and Public Policy, where coordinated the Community Networks program and was the designer of the Civic Promoters Organizing Model that has trained more than 800 community leaders in southern California. He studied Political Science at California State University of Northridge (CSUN) and has more than 17 years of experience organizing the Latino Community in California.

 

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Araceli Hernandez, Program Organizer

Araceli Hernandez is passionate about environmental justice and access for all, particularly about making real change within her community of San Fernando Valley. Araceli is a graduate of the 11th cohort of the Nature for All Leadership Academy. After graduating from the Leadership Academy, Araceli received an internship with the Kern River Ranger District in Sequoia National Forest, and then the Angeles National Forest, Supervisor’s Office. Araceli received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work.

 

IMG-0782Kimberly Orbe, Coalition Coordinator

Kimberly Orbe joined the team as she was seeking to be more involved in supporting work that provides access to nature for all Angelinos. Kim grew up in South LA and went to Cal State Northridge where she earned a degree in Kinesiology and minored in Recreation. She has been involved in outdoor leadership programs such as DOLI(Diverse Outdoors leadership Institute) and graduated in the 13th cohort of the Leadership Academy. She has been very passionate about working with youth and exposing them to careers in conservation. Prior to joining the coalition Kim worked for the Forest Service for an outreach program. Kim enjoys trail running, backpacking, camping, hiking and traveling to new countries when she has the opportunity.

 

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Bryan Matsumoto, Program Organizer

Bryan Matsumoto is passionate about empowering communities through connection with the outdoors. He leads the Nature for All Leadership Development program for the San Gabriel Valley, and was lead organizer of the All Aboard for Nature! Public Lands Day L.A. event. Bryan graduated from the 10th Cohort of the Leadership Academy.

Bryan has a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona, a B.A. in Design | Media Arts from UCLA, and worked 10 years in public landscape architecture, park design and community outreach with Withers & Sandgren Landscape Architecture and BlueGreen Consulting. His projects have included: Puente Hills Landfill Park Master Plan, Whittier Narrows Equestrian Center and Wiseburn Walking Path (County of Los Angeles Dept. of Parks and Recreation), River Wilderness Park, El Encanto and Canyon Inn Plans and Emerald Necklace Feasibility & Implementation Plan (Watershed Conservation Authority), Jacaranda Park (Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust), Lower Hesse Park (City of Rancho Palos Verdes), Mill Creek Wetlands (City of Ontario & New Model Colony Builders, LLC), Oak Woodland Restoration (Descanso Gardens), Encanto Park Nature Walk (City of Duarte), and Pico Union Urban Greening Plan (People for Parks).

Bryan is past President of Great Outdoors Los Angeles, a LGBTQ hiking/camping organization, and plays with Bombu Taiko, a Japanese drumming group. He will forever be grateful to friends who first took him to the San Gabriel Mountains’ Sturtevant Falls. Bryan believes in paying it forward by building inclusive access to the outdoors, so all communities may enjoy lifelong outdoor exploration, and become thoughtful stewards of the land.