Ry Cooder is a passionate archivist of American songs, particularly workingman songs, Dust Bowl-era songs, hardship songs, and farmer, drifter and tramp songs. During the late seventies, he became interested in the polka music that German immigrants brought to the Mexico–California border, and he assembled a band featuring the accordion player Flaco Jiménez. This novel and idiosyncratic band appears on records of his such as Chicken Skin Music.
He wrote a series of songs, a sort of musical play, about the thriving Mexican neighborhood in Los Angeles called Chávez Ravine, which was buried so that Dodger Stadium could be built on top of it. His latest effort, Live in San Francisco, features the Corridos Famosos band (including his son Joachim, Jiménez and others) and a ten-piece Mexican brass band.
Sandra is the Senior Program Officer for the Fresno Regional Foundation (FRF). She has been with the Foundation since 2007. As part of her role at FRF, she oversees the program department and the competitive grantmaking program, which includes Arts & Culture, Youth, Human Services, Environment and High Impact. In addition, she leads the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grantmaking Initiative which began in 2008. A Fresno native and member of a large, traditional Mexican family, she is committed to educating, informing and serving the Central Valley's diverse community. Sandra received her bachelor's degree in history from University of Oklahoma City. She and her husband Peter have been married for 27 years. They have three grown children and her family continues to grow with five grandchildren.
David Bacon is a California writer and documentary photographer. He was a union organizer for two decades, and today documents the changing conditions in the workforce, the impact of the global economy, war and migration, and the struggle for human rights. His books include Illegal People – How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants (Beacon Press, 2008), The Children of NAFTA (University of California Press, 2004) and Communities Without Borders (Cornell University Press, 2006). He belongs to the Pacific Media Workers Guild, CWA, and was an organizer of the Free South Africa Labor Committee, the Labor Immigrant Organizers Network, and board chair of the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights. His new book, to be published in the fall of 2013, is The Right to Stay Home.
Kelvin rejoins the staff as a Program Officer after serving first as Foundation Support Specialist from September 2008 to November 2010. He brings experience in fiscal leadership, outcomes assessment, and management of human capital and program development from his most recent position as Program Director at Central Valley Training Center, Inc. (CVTC), a large organization that offers resources and services to adults with developmental disabilities throughout California.
Kelvin's approach to the management of programs and staff stem from his 6 years working and consulting in the CBO sector with organizations like Fresno Survivors of Suicide Loss, Fresno Barrios Unidos, and California State University, Fresno. Through this work, he gained new insights into the challenges faced by for profit and non-profit organizations in the areas of program management, outcome based programming and community relations. Kelvin was born and raised in El Salvador, but has since established new roots in the Central San Joaquin Valley.