Miguel Hernandez, Executive Director
Miguel guides OCCCO to identify and develop resilient and committed leaders in low-income communities of color. Since joining OCCCO as a volunteer in 1993, Miguel has worked with the faith community in Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, and Santa Ana. Miguel was born and raised in Santa Ana, where he currently resides with his wife and two daughters. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach.
Cynthia Sanchez, Director of Community Organizing
Cynthia supports OCCCO's organizing staff and leaders in the process of community-driven policy change and leadership development. Born in Santa Ana and raised in Los Angeles, Cynthia is passionate about bringing equity to her community through organizing. Daughter of a single mom, Cynthia and her family have experienced many of the hardships she organizes to end, including immigration, education and housing disparities. Graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, she began her organizing career as an intern for ACCE, a grassroots community organization in Oakland, followed by her start with the OCCCO family in 2013. Cynthia enjoys hiking, practicing yoga, and Netflix & chill.
Leonel Velazquez, Education Coordinator
Leonel motivates communities to connect their faith with collective action. He first joined OCCCO as a volunteer in 2006 and his journey as a community leader began. Born in Mexico, Leonel currently lives in Santa Ana with his wife and three children. He studied accounting at the University of Colima and has been trained and certified by the Institute for Pastoral Ministry, Hispanic Ministry, in the Diocese of Orange.
Christina Samson, Finance & Operations Manager
A southern California native, Christina currently resides in Anaheim with her husband and two cats. She enjoys practicing yoga, baking bread, and shopping at local farmers’ markets. Christina earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance from San Diego State University.