California Reinvestment Coalition

Staff

Paulina Gonzalez, Executive Director

Paulina Gonzalez is Executive Director of the California Reinvestment Coalition. She has worked for over 20 years leading economic justice organizing campaigns to expand worker rights, immigrant rights, and the rights of low income and underrepresented communities of color.

Prior to joining CRC, Paulina served for over four years as the Executive Director for Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE). SAJE is an LA-based economic justice, community development, and popular education center building a powerful voice for residents of South Central Los Angeles. Under her leadership, SAJE launched an organizing campaign against powerful developer G.H. Palmer that resulted in a groundbreaking Community Benefits Agreement that provides South LA residents with health services, jobs, affordable housing, and small business development. In addition, while at SAJE Paulina led the community organizing campaign that resulted in the University of Southern California agreeing to provide historic community benefits for surrounding neighborhoods. Community benefits include $20 million for affordable housing, a local hiring requirement for newly created living wage jobs, small business development and support, a 15% local procurement goal, and a new tenant legal clinic at the USC Gould School of Law as part of the university's expansion and development plans.

Prior to her work with SAJE, she worked for 13 years with UNITE HERE, the union that represents hotel and food service workers, where she played a lead campaign role in the successful Santa Monica hotel organizing and living wage campaigns and the LAX Century Blvd. hotel worker living wage campaign.

Kevin Stein, Associate Director

Kevin Stein is the Associate Director of the California Reinvestment Coalition. At CRC, Kevin works on banking and housing issues, including efforts to fight predatory mortgage lending and foreclosure through negotiation with banks, regulatory and legislative advocacy, public education, support for local initiatives, and action research. Kevin is the primary author of several CRC reports relating to subprime lending, foreclosure, loan modification and access to credit.

Before coming to CRC, Kevin was Supervising Attorney at the East Palo Alto Community Law Project and Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, working on community economic development issues. Prior to that, he worked at HomeBase, a law and social policy center on homelessness. Kevin is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, and Stanford University. Kevin was a member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council in 2011, and currently sits on the board of directors of the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

Andrea Luquetta, Policy Advocate

Andrea Luquetta is CRC's Policy Advocate. In addition to working with major banks to increase access to affordable consumer banking accounts and to improve compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act, Andrea also fights against predatory consumer financial products and practices.

Andrea joined CRC after several years as a litigator at Western Center on Law and Poverty, where she enforced affordable and fair housing laws on behalf of extremely low income tenants throughout California.  As a former organizer, Andrea also helped lead a statewide coalition of advocates working to identify and end impediments to fair housing across California.

Andrea graduated UCLA School of Law's Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy where she also completed a Concentration in Critical Race Studies. Prior to attending law school, Andrea was an advocate for affordable housing development and CRA compliance at the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations and at New Jersey Citizen Action.

Liana Molina, Payday Campaign Organizer

Liana Molina is CRC's Payday Campaign Organizer. Liana leads CRC’s campaign to stop predatory payday lending. She is working at a state and local level to change public policy and build the movement against predatory lending.

Liana has worked as an organizer with the Oakland-based East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) and a leader of Oakland Rising. She has experience working with diverse alliances including labor unions, community organizations, advocacy groups, faith leaders, and students. Liana holds a B.A. in Sociology from Santa Clara University.

Sean Coffey, Media and Development Manager

Sean Coffey is CRC's Media and Development Manager. In this role, he shares the story of CRC and its members with the media, funders, and partner organizations.  

Prior to CRC, Sean managed the ForeclosureHelp program, a coalition program focused on foreclosure prevention in San Jose. He also worked on long-term care policy at Family Caregiver Alliance, and began his work in housing counseling at Lao Family Community Development. Sean has a BA in Sociology from Colorado College, and earned his MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he wrote about legislation in North Carolina that was enacted to improve mortgage loan servicing and strengthen consumer protections.

Jessica Martinez-Escobar, Office and Marketing Manager

Jessica joined the CRC staff in October of 2013, bringing eight years of experience in office and marketing management, social justice activism, and civic engagement to her position. She received a B.A. in English from the University of Texas-Brownsville. At CRC, she manages office functions, event planning, marketing, and assists with fundraising efforts.

Jessica served for two years on the Círculo of Friends leadership team at the Oakland Catholic Worker, has been part of the School of the Americas Watch East Bay leadership team for three years, and supported the California Prisoners Hunger Strike of 2013 with the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition.