Irene Calimlim

Community Development Director, Little Manila Rising

Irene Calimlim’s (she/her/hers) passion is to elevate grassroots organizing efforts, build resident leaders, and improve the built and social conditions in redlined communities. She grew up in Stockton first moving into the Little Manila neighborhood at the age of seven and now works as a Community Development Director for Little Manila Rising to work on strategies to revitalize and preserve the culture and history of the Little Manila neighborhood and to build healthy/sustainable communities in South Stockton. She holds a BA in Human Biology focused on health in underserved communities from Stanford University and a dual Master in Public Health and City Planning from UC Berkeley. She also went through the Partners Advancing Climate Equity cohort, a capacity-building program for frontline community leaders working across California on climate justice issues.