Civil Rights of Institute of Inland Southern California (CRIISC) has selected Sabrina Gonzalez as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on June 8, 2022.
An educator and community engagement leader, Gonzalez possesses a deep understanding of civil rights, connection to the Inland region, affinity for empowering people from diverse backgrounds, and vision for advancing the mission and goals of the Civil Rights Institute across Riverside and San Bernardino counties. As an Inland Empire native, Gonzalez has dedicated her professional career to strengthening relationships in the community and capacity-building through her work with youth and systemically excluded populations. She has most recently served as the Junior Programs Director at the English Language Center where she spearheaded organizational development and program expansion and oversight. At the Cambridge Housing Authority’s The Work Force Youth Program, Gonzalez worked as a Teacher-Counselor supporting low-income and multicultural youth in life, education, and economic mobility.
Gonzalez received a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Boston University, and a master of science degree in nonprofit management with a concentration in organizational culture and leadership from Northeastern University.
In making the announcement, board president Ron Loveridge said, “Current events have made it clear that the fight for civil rights is not over. I am confident that with Sabrina’s leadership, the Civil Rights Institute will inspire our next generation to pursue social justice.”
“The fight for civil rights is a fight to open doors of opportunity for all, and the Inland Empire is on the front lines,” said Gonzalez. “The Civil Rights Institute stands on the shoulders of giants – visionary and brave activists from Riverside and San Bernardino counties who believe a better world is possible. I am immensely honored to use my lived and professional experiences to continue to do social justice work in my home county and join the hundreds of people who have helped build this movement. I look forward to doing my part to inspire the change that inspired us.”
“Congratulations to the board, staff, and team at Civil Rights Institute on their selection of Sabrina Gonzalez as their inaugural Executive Director,” said ACG Vice President Delilah Norris. “Gonzalez is a dynamic and altruistic leader dedicated to providing educational opportunities and support to diverse communities. I have the utmost confidence Gonzalez will reinvigorate a new passion for social justice.”