About Moving Forward Network

 

The Moving Forward Network is a national network of over 50 member organizations that centers grassroots, frontline-community knowledge, expertise and engagement from communities across the US that bear the negative impacts of the global freight transportation system. MFN builds partnerships between these community leaders, academia, labor, big green organizations and others to protect communities from the impacts of freight. Its diverse membership facilitates an integrated and geographically dispersed advocacy strategy that incorporates organizing, communications, research, legal and technical assistance, leadership development and movement building. This strategy respects multiple forms of expertise and builds collective power.

Vision

In the pursuit of environmental justice, MFN envisions communities across the globe that are healthy, sustainable, equitable, and just. Communities include all aspects of our environment, including neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, and places of worship.

Mission

To build power with communities to transform the global freight transportation system and advance environmental justice.

Activities

Local power building by facilitating information sharing; coordinating communications strategies; sharing advocacy tools; leading research; hosting peer to peer trainings, and local, regional & national workshops; and convening movement building activities. MFN also supports and coordinates national policy campaigns for MFN and its allies.

MFN Staff

The National Office of the Moving Forward Network is housed
in the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Angelo Logan

Campaign Director

Angelo Logan grew up in the City of Commerce, California and lives in Long Beach. He is the co-founder of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ), and has worked with a wide variety of coalitions to achieve health protective policies, particularly regarding goods movement and Green Zones. Angelo currently serves on several organizations working to protect community health, including the South Coast Air Quality Management District Environmental Justice Advisory Group, I-710 Corridor Advisory Committees, Southern California Association of Governments Goods Movement Task Force and the City of Commerce’s Environmental Justice Task Force and Green Zones-Policy Working Group.

Candice Kim

Project Director

Candice Kim is from Los Angeles, CA. She has spent many years working on community-centered campaigns to reduce dirty diesel pollution from ports and freight transportation. Candice received her Master of Public Health degree from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and a B.A. in fine art from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jessica Tovar

Project Manager

Prior to her position at Occidental College, Jessica was Project Manager for the Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma (LBACA). LBACA works on improving children’s health through a socio-ecological model that includes direct in-home services, community/school/clinic trainings, community engagement and environmental health policy work. Jessica holds a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from the UC, Irvine and a Master’s in Social Work from UCLA.

Molly Greenberg

Project Coordinator

Molly (she/her) is the Project Coordinator for the Moving Forward Network. She helps to support the day to day operations and campaigns for the Moving Forward Network, located at UEPI. Molly began working on ports and logistics issues as a social work intern with Change to Win and the Coalition for Healthy Ports. Following that, Molly worked as the EJ Policy Manager with Ironbound Community Corporation in Newark, NJ. She received her MPhil from The New School University and MSW from Monmouth University.

Martha Matsuoka

Executive Director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute

Martha Matsuoka focuses her teaching and research on environmental justice, community-based regionalism, sustainable community development and social movements. Her current research focuses on policy, planning, organizing and advocacy related to ports and goods movement. She is co-author with Manuel Pastor, Jr. and Chris Benner of “This Could Be The Start Of Something Big: Regional Equity Organizing And The Future Of Metropolitan America,” published by Cornell University. She currently serves on the Board of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation (currently serving as Chair) and the Human Impact Partners and is a member of the Switzer Foundation’s Fellowship Network. Martha received her Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA, a Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley and an A.B. from Occidental College.