Who We Are


Kat Madrigal is the founder of the Wilmington Wire. Kat has been recognized for her work in the Wilmington community by local and state legislators and the Los Angeles Times. With over seven years of nonprofit experience, she has extensive knowledge of development, communications, and nonprofit administration. Kat has worked as an organizer and fundraiser for environmental justice organizations and is currently the fundraising coordinator for the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law, recipient of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Kat is an alumna of UC Berkeley with a certificate in grant writing.



Lauren Valdez’s family has lived in Wilmington for three generations. Lauren recently completed a dual masters in city planning and public health at UC Berkeley. Lauren has over five years of nonprofit fundraising and management experience. Lauren has previously coordinated the development of an award-winning multimedia platform, The Global Lives Project. Lauren also developed and ran a media literacy program for 9th graders. Lauren also has experience in developing media advocacy campaigns for policy change.






Anabell Chávez is a Wilmington native and has a masters in journalism from the University of Southern California. Anabell specializes in digital journalism in both English and Spanish. Anabell has previously worked for large networks including NBC News and Univision. Anabell specializes in media for digital community engagement. Anabell currently works for Participant Media as a Campaign Manager working on social impact campaigns. Anabell was previously a member of the Wilmington Neighborhood Council.


Advisory Board

Juve J. Cortés teaches courses on comparative politics, international relations, and diplomacy at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, California. He holds a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from USC and a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley. His academic work revolves around direct democracy and new forms of political participation around the world, particularly Latin America. Originally from Mexico, Juve moved to Wilmington, California at the age of seven and later attended Phineas Banning High School.  

Hemly Ordonez is the Vice President of Digital Strategy and Mobilization at Fission Strategy a consulting agency that builds digital strategy for social good. She specializes in working with nonprofits across the US and around the world to bridge emerging technologies to challenge inequality and positively impact local communities. Hemly is originally from Carson and Wilmington, California and proudly represents South Los Angeles in the fight for health, dignity, and justice.

Alvaro S. Sanchez is currently the Director of Environmental Equity at the Greenlining Institute. He leads a team that develops policies to improve public health and environmental quality for communities of color while bringing “green” dollars to these communities. Alvaro is the organizational lead overseeing the implementation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and SB 535, ensuring that communities like Wilmington receive equitable investments and pollution mitigation measures.

Jennifer Murillo is a broadcast journalist with El Segundo TV, Hawthorne Community TV, and Lawndale City TV. She graduated from the California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Minor in Spanish and Child Development. She was raised in Wilmington and still lives there today. Creating a safe community is a priority for her as most of her family and friends remain in Wilmington.

Alfredo Lee is a proud Angeleno who migrated to the U.S. at the age of five. Growing up around Los Angeles, Lee fell in love with the dynamic, culturally rich city, and now proudly works to help improve it through his work at a local foundation, working primarily in Long Beach and Wilmington. He is an activist in the trans and queer latinx community, and thinks of himself as a writer and a creative person. Lee has extensive experience working with non-profits serving communities of color, and is a seasoned public relations practicioner with an expertise on Latinx markets. In his spare time, Lee likes to cook, read, and chismear.