Catherine Garoupa White joined Californians Against Fracking as the Coalition Coordinator in August 2016. Dr. Garoupa White is an activist-scholar, parent, and third generation Central Valley resident dedicated to the movements for social and environmental justice in California and beyond. Dr. Garoupa White holds a Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Fresno, where she studied community organizing and ethics. Upon completing her Master’s, Garoupa White spent 7 months in northern India organizing around informed self governance for women, followed by 5 years organizing with and ultimately directing the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition (CVAQ), a network of more than 70 diverse organizations unified in creating clean air in the San Joaquin Valley, one of our nation’s most unjust regions and polluted air basins. In 2016, Garoupa White obtained a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Davis, specializing in coalition and social movement building strategies, particularly within California’s environmental justice movement. During her doctoral program, Garoupa White worked in a diversity of settings, including as a teaching assistant in the departments of Sociology, Religious Studies, and Science and Society, as a project manager assisting with online and hybrid courses at Academic Technology Services, and as a researcher with the Center for Regional Change on Sustainable Community Strategies in the San Joaquin Valley. Dr. Garoupa White has taught courses in community organizing, the geography of California, youth community development, and environmental justice at UC Davis, CSU Fresno, and CSU Stanislaus.