Meet the Long Beach Forward team
Carla Alvarado (She/Her/Ella) serves as an organizing fellow for Long Beach Forward. Carla is unapologetically proud to be the daughter of hardworking undocumented parents. This has inspired her passion for creating safe, connected, and equal spaces for all low-income community members, regardless of where they are born. Carla’s social activism began during her first years of community college where, while being a part of the “Latino Student Union,” her desire to become more involved within her community flourished. She has organized Christmas Toy Drives for local domestic violence shelters, as well as participated in annual Christmas and Thanksgiving turkey drives for local homeless shelters. After graduating from CSULB with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Carla began working as a special education aide in local school districts. During this period, she learned how to advocate for, and meet the evolving needs of students with varying backgrounds, learning styles, and special needs.
Currently Carla volunteers with the “Greater Long Beach Mutual Aid,” where she contacts community members interested in receiving weekly groceries as well as communicating relief-resources available. Furthermore, she also volunteers with “Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition,” where she assists in things such as call to action steps for undocumented Long Beach residents facing deportation, while also helping Spanish speaking community members navigate online websites. She also recently finished her training to become a volunteer Crisis Counselor for the “Crisis Text Line'' organization.
On her time off Carla enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, and spending time with her Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless Dog). Carla’s background and experiences fuel her passion for creating empowering and trusting connections with our community members. She aspires to diminish the disproportionate burden that COVID 19 has placed on our low-income community members