Strela Cervas is the Statewide Organizing Director of the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA). Strela has managed the Energy Equity program of CEJA for the past 10 years putting EJ at the forefront of energy policies. She helps communities across California chart their own vision of a clean energy future focusing on distributed generation and a transition off of fossil fuels in the most impacted communities.
Strela has led the sponsorship and leadership of the passage of some of the only energy policies with a focus on environmental justice communities, such as AB 693 (Eggman, Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing program) the nation’s largest investment of solar in disadvantaged communities and AB 523 (Reyes, Electric Program Investment Charge) designating a total of 35% of EPIC funds for disadvantaged and low-income communities.
Before coming to CEJA in 2008, Strela was a lead organizer with the Pilipino Workers’ Center (PWC) in Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles organizing low-wage Pilipino caregivers for eight years. She is the former member of the PWC Board of Directors and an alum of the Women’s Policy Institute. Along with women leaders from other organizations, she helped launch the first California Household Worker Bill of Rights campaign.