Gabriela Sandoval

Research Director
TURN - The Utility Reform Network
Gabriela Sandoval is Research Director for TURN’s Addressing the Health Impacts of Utility Shutoffs project. She works with CBOs throughout California—with a focus on communities of color and those struggling to make ends meet—to better understand energy equity, where and why shutoffs occur, how shutoffs impact the health of communities and how to stop them. Previously, Gabriela was Research Director at the Insight Center, a national “think-and-do tank”, where she managed projects focused on building wealth and opportunity for communities of color. Gabriela has been a sociology professor at UCSC and Academic Coordinator for a professional midwifery school in Mexico.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Reclaiming Power: Building a More Racially Just Energy System

Workshop attendees will participate in an interactive game that explores the intersections of race, climate, economics, and the extractive energy system. In this workshop, participants will learn strategies for challenging regulatory and legislative barriers towards energy equity and justice and how to deal with utility companies that exacerbate inequity. Participants will also explore ideas and create solutions to build a more racially just, resilient community and develop strategies for a more equitable economy that puts people and the planet first.

The interactive activity is built from experiential activities and ideas led by grassroots racial justice organization, POWER, in Philadelphia and TURN — The Utility Reform Network in California. The activity will follow a short presentation that shares lessons from CA and PA and sets an operational framework and shared analysis in which the workshop will operate. Following the activity, participants will debrief and share out insights, lessons, and takeaways.

Speakers: Gabriela Sandoval, Anthony Giancatarino, Ana Montes

Presentations from Facing Race 2014

Reclaiming Government: A Dialogue about the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity and the Public Sector’s Role in Advancing Equity

The challenges and opportunities of an increasingly diverse America demand that we rebuild broad public support for an active governmental role in creating opportunities and reducing inequities. Our shared prosperity as a society depends on the advancement of all our people, regardless of their race, ethnicity or country of origin. The implicit and explicit racialization of policies, programs and public systems can not only exacerbate inequities but also influence the public’s perception of and relationship to government. Join us to learn about recommendations for advancing a constructive dialogue about race and government in your policy analysis, media outreach, organizing and legislative advocacy.

Speakers: Anika Fassia, Anthony Giancatarino, Anne E. Price, Julie Rowe, Gabriela Sandoval