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Paulette Brown-Hinds and Eliseo Medina Join The James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors

Lydia Villarreal

Lydia Villarreal, Former board member

As the Chair of Irvine’s Board of Directors, I’m honored to welcome two new members to the board in 2018: Paulette Brown-Hinds, publisher of Black Voice News and Executive Director of the League of California Cities African-American Caucus, and Eliseo Medina, a renowned labor organizer and former International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

We are fortunate to welcome these two accomplished leaders at a particularly exciting time for the Foundation. Irvine recently launched the first initiatives under our new focus of expanding economic and political opportunity for working Californians who are struggling with poverty.

As we partner with organizations working to create a better future for California’s workers, I know that our board and staff will benefit greatly from Paulette’s and Eliseo’s deep expertise in their respective fields. I am grateful for the valuable guidance that they will bring to our work.

Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds is an expert in ethnic media and the publisher of both Black Voice News and Voice newspaper in Riverside. She founded Voice Media Ventures, a multimedia company and strategic communications firm that specializes in community engagement.

In addition to her knowledge of California’s changing media landscape and the importance of local news, Paulette also brings her perspective as a community leader in the Inland Empire — a region where Irvine has a long history of investment. Paulette lives in Riverside and is a deeply engaged community member and local philanthropist. She currently sits on the board of The Community Foundation, a nonprofit serving the people of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Eliseo Medina began his career as a labor activist at age 19, when he joined fellow grape-pickers to participate in the historic United Farm Workers’ strike in Delano, California. He became the first Mexican American elected to a top position at the SEIU when he became International Executive Vice President in 1996. He was elected International Secretary-Treasurer in 2010.

During his decades-long career as a labor strategist, Eliseo won raises and protections for thousands of farmworkers, janitors, and homecare workers across California. He championed immigrant rights within the labor movement and has been instrumental in galvanizing the Latino vote in California through successful voter registration campaigns.

We are privileged to welcome Eliseo and Paulette to the board, and I look forward to working with and learning from both of these distinguished leaders.

You can read the bios for Paulette, Elise, and my other fellow board members here.