Popular Education Associate

Jessica Parra-Fitch is the popular education associate for the Pacific Institute’s Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice program, where she focuses her efforts on curriculum development and community workshop planning on environmental, economic, and social justice issues.

Prior to joining the Institute, she was the Southern California organizer for Food & Water Watch. She worked to build a strong base of organizations and individuals in support of the grassroots field organizing, legislative, and public education campaigns that she helped developed and implement to ban fracking and fight water privatization in California. Her experience also includes being the policy advocate for the Toxic-Free Neighborhoods campaign of the Environmental Health Coalition in San Diego where she worked on land use and transportation issues, looking closely at how they affect health and environmental justice for communities.

Ms. Parra-Fitch earned her B.A. from the University of California Berkeley in Political Economy with a concentration in Sustainable Urban Development, and Anthropology with a concentration in Sociocultural Anthropology and Ethnographic Film. Upon graduating she conducted agroecology field research in Oaxaca, México on drought resilience and climate change adaptation with Mixteca farmers and the Centro de Desarrollo Integral Campesino de la Alta Mixteca.