Dr. Catherine Garoupa White joined Californians Against Fracking as the Coalition Coordinator in August 2016. 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 globally.
Dr. Garoupa White holds a Master of Social Work degree from California State University (CSU), Fresno, where she focused on 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) in her home region of the San Joaquin Valley, one of our nation’s most polluted air basins. In 2016, Garoupa White obtained a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Davis, specializing in coalition building strategies within California’s environmental and environmental justice movements.
Dr. Garoupa White has taught courses in community organizing, California geography, youth community development, and environmental justice at UC Davis, CSU Fresno, and currently as adjunct faculty at CSU Stanislaus and CSU Sacramento.