SAHARA DANIELA HUAZANO
Director of Programs
Sahara has interned for various organizations where she obtained skills to return to her home community of Mecca and partner with people to improve living conditions. She interned for the Sierra Club in Washington D.C., U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz, Pueblo Unido CDC, and she created a group called Gente de la Tierra.
Sahara completed her undergraduate studies in Environmental Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz in 2014. She focused her studies on the systemic challenges of rural communities through an environmental justice lens and completed a one-year research thesis, “Resort Development and Environmental Injustice: A Historical Analysis of Land Use, Race, and Class in the Coachella Valley, CA (1940s-1990s).” Her mission is to continue building bridges between people in her community and outside her community so they can work together to make the Coachella Valley a place for people to thrive. Before moving into her current role, Sahara led Alianza’s environmental justice work.