Meet the Staff

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

Key personnel

Angelo Logan 2014

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.


Jessica Tovar

Jessica Tovar, Project Director

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.



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.