Meet The Team
Founder & CEO
Irma R. Muñoz is the Founder/President of Mujeres de la Tierra – a “culturally relevant” environmental equity non-profit focused on healing la Madre Tierra and redefining the traditional “green” dialogue. She has developed guidelines and approaches for effective community engagement through using creative tools including “platicas” resulting in impactful participation where members of the community are inspired to “lead” and “own” issues in their neighborhood.
She believes that community engagement is about community listening. Listening
not just with our ears, but also with our eyes, head, and heart. For the past 11 years, she has served as a Governor’s appointee to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board and is the City of Los Angeles
Mayor’s appointee to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy which provides the opportunity to also serve on the Mountains Recreation Conservation
Chief Advisor and Executive Operations Manager
Rosa Bautista is the Chief Advisor & Executive Operations Manager of Mujeres de La Tierra. Rosa was born in Mexico and raised in East Los Angeles. She comes with 30 years of experience in the environmental education field. She has extensive experience in school and community greening by planting and caring for trees in areas like Watts, Compton, South East LA, and Sun Valley.
She wants to share with communities all open spaces around us and plant the "love of nature" in people's hearts. She embraces every community with “respect, amor y orgullo de la comunidad.” "Community building is relationship building. It needs care, respect, and time to grow and after it gets that, it can bloom beautifully and change the whole community."
Administration and Human Resource Manager
Wendy Sotelo is the Administration and Human Resources Manager. Born in Toluca, Mexico, Wendy was raised in Hollywood and returned to Mexico during her adolescence before settling and making Los Angeles her current home. Having worked as a Human Resources Professional for over 10 years, she has experience in bi-cultural environments in banking, manufacturing, and nonprofit organizations. She is a believer that the most important asset of an organization is its people.
Wendy holds a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Sustainability from California State University Northridge. She considers herself an environmentalist and thrives in helping others. Joining Mujeres de la Tierra is a pivotal point in her career and life.
Comunity Engagement Coordinator
Yuliza Navarro is the Engagement Specialist of Mujeres de La Tierra. She was born and raised in South East Los Angeles. Throughout her experiences living in overlooked communities. She pursued her goal of wanting to give back to her community. Hoping one day she will help many young Latinas(os) to thrive in higher education.
Yuliza earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology: Social Inequality from the University of California, San Diego. With plans to pursue a Master's Degree in College Counseling and Secondary Counseling. She strives to help many students continue with higher education.
Christopher Ayala is our Mujeres de la Tierra Student Intern. He has volunteered with Mujeres for three years. Christopher hopes to pursue a career in Technical Theatre while attending Los Angeles Community College. He gained experience by leading our Telenovelas in the Park.
VISTA- Volunteer Coordinator Lead
Briseida Pineda is our Vista Volunteer Coordinator. Briseida hopes to gain further experience working in the non-profit field, which will significantly impact her career future and open doors for her to work toward social justice and social change. Currently, she is in her third year at the California State University of Dominguez Hills majoring in Sociology and minoring in Psychology. Her life goal has always been to give back to her community. She believes Mujeres de la Tierra will help her achieve her goal.