Belén Bernal, Executive Director
Belén Bernal is the Executive Director of Nature for All. Belén has more than fifteen years of experience in leadership within the public and nonprofit sectors, focusing on advocacy, nonprofit operations, finance and program development, and spent eleven years in elected office. Before Nature for All, Belén served as Director of Operations for a local nonprofit that works to prepare students for various work-based learning opportunities and successful futures. She also served as the City Treasurer, Mayor and Councilwoman of her hometown of South Gate, from 2009 to 2020. She honorably served as South Gate’s Mayor twice during her time on the City Council.
Azeneth Martinez, Coalition Coordinator
Azeneth Martinez is a native of Pacoima whose favorite park is Sheldon Arleta Park in Sun Valley. She enjoys journaling when out in nature “as a way to get in touch with myself and envision my dreams.” “I am excited to work with Nature for All because I envision a more equitable future that includes kindness and compassion for communities that have been disproportionately impacted by environmental injustices. I believe that when our communities have access to the proper tools and mentorship, they can not only survive, but thrive.”
Omar Gomez, Program 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.
Araceli Hernandez, Program Manager
Araceli Hernandez is passionate about environmental justice and access for all, particularly about making real change within her community of San Fernando Valley. This led her to founding 818hikes , a Social Justice focused hiking group. 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 also received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Araceli leads our Leadership Academy Program and our Community Transit Program, among other roles.
Bryan Matsumoto, Program Manager
Bryan Matsumoto is passionate about empowering our local communities through connection with the outdoors and advocacy. He is Program Manager of the Los Angeles-San Gabriel Mountains Urban Shuttle System (also known as the San Gabriel Mountains Transit & Infrastructure Program), Nature for All’s transit-to-trails initiative. Bryan is currently also implementing the San Gabriel Valley Leadership Development Program, which includes community workshops on park equity, sustainability, water/green infrastructure, public lands and watershed tours. He represents N4A’s park-building & green infrastructure interests in disadvantaged communities as an Alternate on the LA County Safe Clean Water Program, Rio Hondo Watershed Area Steering Committee. He previously was lead organizer of the All Aboard for Nature! Public Lands Day L.A. event. Bryan got his start in N4A through our Leadership Academy (Cohort 10!) and is an active leader in our Stewards group supporting engagement of our graduates and the public in creative stewardship programming, including our Wild LA Wednesday Book Club online series. Bryan has a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona, a B.A. in Design | Media Arts from UCLA, and worked 10 years previously in public landscape architecture, park design and community outreach across LA County with Withers & Sandgren Landscape Architecture and BlueGreen Consulting. Bryan is a volunteer leader in Great Outdoors Los Angeles, a gay hiking/camping organization, and plays with Bombu Taiko, a Japanese drumming group.