Flor Rodriguez, Executive Director
Flor Rodriguez is originally from Durango, Mexico, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1992. Flor started working at the Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA) in 2006 in the Day Laborer Program, performing community outreach to businesses around the day laborer movement. She rose rapidly through the ranks there and eventually became the overall coordinator for IDEPSCA’s six day laborer centers. She joined the CLEAN Carwash Campaign as a Community Organizer in 2012, and rapidly transitioned to lead the Campaign’s efforts to institute our new Carwash Worker Center in 2013. Flor is currently leading CLEAN as the Executive Director since 2016.
Andrea Gonzalez, Organizer
Andrea was born in Cuernavaca, Morelos and was raised in Compton, California. Andrea first became involved with CLEAN in 2013, when she participated in the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Immigrant Organizing Project. Following the completion of the program in late 2013, Andrea joined the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770 organizing department in Los Angeles, California as a part-time organizer. While at UFCW Local 770 she worked on the Justice for El Super Workers campaign for three years. Andrea received her Associate’s Degree from Long Beach City College, she would transfer to California State University Long Beach to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Chicana/o Latina/o Studies. Andrea currently continues to support workers as a full-time organizer with the CLEAN Carwash Campaign.
Belen Cid-Garcia, Administrator and Outreach Coordinator
Belen was born and raised in a small town in Michoacan, Mexico. Belen was only 13 years old when she crossed the border and, like many other immigrants, carried her hopes of a new life. Being the oldest sibling, Belen left behind her mother and four younger siblings with the promise of a better life for all of them. Her activism began in high school as a member of Teens in Action (TIA). This early community exposure developed her passion for community involvement in nonprofits, eventually leading her to become a board member of Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA). Belen has an Associate's degree in business administration and social studies from Pasadena City College and is certified as a tax preparer and notary public. As part of her community involvement, she became part of the board directors of Pasadena Mexican American History Association. Within her role, she was able to help the organization fundraise AB540 scholarships for graduating Latino high school seniors. Currently, Belen continues her studies at Cal State LA, pursuing a major in business administration with a minor in accounting. In 2017, Belen became the Administrator and Outreach Coordinator for CLEAN.
Silvia Hernández, Car Wash Worker Center Coordinator and Organizer
Silvia Hernández was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. She conducted her Education studies in Mexico City at Benemérita Escuela Nacional de Maestros at Universidad Autonoma de Mexico. As an educator, she was part of a national project to design curriculum and textbooks for basic education across Mexico. Coming to the U.S. was a stark contrast, starting from zero by cleaning houses, babysitting, and working other service sector jobs. Over the years, she grew an interest in other aspects of social work, especially after landing a job with a charter school, organizing the child care department, and then as a secretary at SEIU Local 1877. She later worked for SEIU-USWW, organizing janitorial workers in Orange County. El Centro Cultural de México in Santa Ana and OC Children’s Art Center are two places that benefited from her restless activism and community volunteering. In 2015, Silvia participated in the California State Federation of Labor’s Immigrant Organizing Project, where she worked as an organizer apprentice. After being placed with several labor partners including CLEAN, she was hired onto CLEAN’s staff in 2017. Today in her role as Organizer and Worker Center Coordinator for CLEAN Carwash Worker Center, she’s putting to work the culmination of her experience for the good of the “carwasheros” and “carwasheras” of LA.