Sahara Daniela Huazano
Sahara Daniela Huazano is the project manager for Alianza's environmental justice campaign, a community-driven effort to build power among residents so they can be agents of change on environmental issues. The campaign works to civically engage the community in Riverside County's implementation of an environmental justice general plan element and to secure a long-term plan for the Salton Sea.
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.