Staff Bios

CLARE CRAWFORD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Clare Crawford joined CPI as Organizing Director in 2010, bringing over 17 years of experience working with disenfranchised and impoverished communities as an organizer and advocate. In San Diego as well as in Texas, Oregon, and the South Bronx, Clare

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KYRA R GREENE

KYRA R. GREENE, PHD, DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Before joining CPI, Dr. Greene was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at San Diego State University, where she taught courses on socioeconomic inequality, race, and qualitative research methods. She has served as an instructor in sociological courses on public policy

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QUYNH NGUYEN

QUYNH NGUYEN, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Quynh Nguyen started at CPI in 1998 as an organizer and is now focused on building CPI’s membership and grassroots fundraising as Director of Development. She is a board member of the Southwest Center for Asian Pacific American Law. Quynh

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TRINH LE

TRINH LE, LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Trinh Le is one of five children from a Vietnamese refugee family and grew up in a low-income, immigrant, single-parent household. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in Sociology and Asian American Studies. She has organized in many diverse

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PETER BROWNELL

PETER BROWNELL, PHD, RESEARCH DIRECTOR DR

Dr. Brownell holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and an M.A. in Demography, both from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining CPI, Dr. Brownell was an Associate Social Scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he also maintains an adjunct affiliation while continuing

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Jeremy

JEREMY ADDIS-MILLS, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Jeremy Addis-Mills joined CPI in 2015 after more than 10 years working nationally and internationally to bring 21st-century digital and traditional communications tools to assist candidates, elected officials, not-for-profit and corporate clients. Jeremy worked for Environment America, a nonprofit fighting

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Shane

SHANE A STAHL, MBA, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & OPERATIONS

Shane Stahl earned both a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Business Administration, Accounting, at California State University Los Angeles. While undergrad, he began his work in the nonprofit sector as AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager at the newly formed

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SUSAN DUERKSEN

SUSAN DUERKSEN, SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR

A journalism graduate of Indiana University, Susan Duerksen was a newspaper reporter for 24 years. As a writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune, she primarily covered healthcare and medical news. Before joining CPI in 2006, she earned a Master in

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JESSICA CORDOVA

JESSICA CORDOVA, COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Jessica Córdova graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a BA in Ethnic Studies and a Master’s in Latin American Studies with an emphasis in Communications. Most recently she worked at the County of San Diego Registrar of

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KIM UY

KIM UY, OPERATIONS ASSISTANT

Kim Uy moved to California from New Manila, Philippines in 2001. She attended San Diego State University and earned a B.A. in Business. Kim is inspired by her grandmother to give back to her community. Kim joined CPI in 2014

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ASHLEY RODRIGUEZ

ASHLEY RODRIGUEZ, DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Ashley Rodriguez supports resource development at CPI, managing grants, individual giving, and special events. She also is the Board Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of San Diego, and is a board member of the Sherman Heights Community Center, Victory

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Emily Howe

EMILY HOWE, J.D, RESEARCH AND POLICY ANALYST

Emily Howe graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she served as an Equal Justice Works chair of the Public Interest Law Foundation. Starting in 1998, she gained policy experience at the U.S. House of Representatives,

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Marco Briones

MARCO BRIONES, SENIOR ORGANIZER

Marco Briones was raised in San Diego’s South Bay by a single mother, from whom he learned the values that guide him today. At San Diego City College, he was one of the first members to join Bringing Education and

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FRANCIS YU, COMMUNICATIONS FELLOW

Francis Yu is a current double B.A. candidate in the Urban Studies & Planning and Communication Studies program at University of California, San Diego. As an SF Bay Area native, issues regarding equitable urbanization and gentrification have been a key research

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