Carla Perez was inducted into the Environment category in 2008.
Carla Perez of Oakland has combined unique skills as a community organizer and passion for the environment to become a leader in the fight for environmental and social justice. Carla is Northern California Program Director for Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), an East Bay organization that focuses on environmental health and justice. She is a driving force of CBE's work in urban communities where low-income residents are routinely bombarded by industrial pollution and she sees that health problems caused by such pollution are made worse by poverty, inadequate housing, poor schools, insufficient health care and other problems. Her work at CBE has led to environmental victories such as the adoption of new monitoring and rules at oil refineries that have resulted in less pollution from these industrial plants.