Lead Community Organizer
El Quinto Sol de America
Twenty six years ago, Irma Medellin left her home in El Naranjo, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and traveled to the small Central Valley town of Lindsay, California. She spent her first two months in America hiding in her house, too terrified of the authorities to go out. Eventually, she started helping in her daughter’s school where she met other immigrant parents who also were struggling to survive in a new country where they faced significant discrimination with little social or economic support.
In 2008, Irma was awarded the Health and Justice Award for outstanding leadership in achievement in promoting safe alternatives to pesticides, protecting global health, and nourishing the environment. That same year she received the Anthony Price Award for utilizing Art as a tool for civic engagement and education. Irma has been recognized by many organizations as an outstanding leader in Tulare County.
Currently, Irma is focusing all her time in further developing leadership committees in unincorporated communities so that one day these communities become healthy vibrant places to live in Tulare County.