Hazel is the Co-Executive Director at the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), leading social, economic, and environmental justice work in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. She was raised in Santa Maria and graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies.
Hazel has been organizing since the age of 16 around a wide range of issues affecting undocumented immigrants, farmworkers, renters, and LGBTQ+ youth. She has received recognitions for her social change work, receiving a Latino Legacy Award Community Advocate Award as well as the Women Taking Creative Risks Award from the Santa Maria Women’s Network.
Hazel lives in Santa Maria with her partner Guillermo and two children. She enjoys playing sports, guitar and hiking.