Jackie Cornejo

Jackie Cornejo

Jackie Cornejo is the Director of the Don’t Waste LA Project. She previously worked on the Construction Careers Project as Research Analyst and later as Project Director. Born and raised in Los Angeles, her interest in social justice work sprung out of her experience as a child during the L.A. unrest of 1992 and her family’s experience during the civil war in El Salvador. Before coming to LAANE, Jackie was a community organizer focusing on food access and tenants’ rights issues in the Westlake community, as well as facilitating community planning projects in Westlake and South LA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Occidental College and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA.

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Bringing Back Leimert Park

Growing up, I saw Leimert Park as our version of Harlem: the center of commerce, music and culture for the African-American community in Los Angeles. The last time I was ...

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1992 Remembered: A Death in the Family

(Editor's Note: This post first appeared on Dr. Pop.) On April 27, 1992, my mother had to make probably one of the most difficult decisions in her life— to take ...

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