Chief Organizing Officer

Bobbi Jo Chavarria has been involved in human rights and peace activism since joining the campaign for a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding in 2006.  That decision has changed the direction of her professional career. Retiring from a long-time career in direct sales and management, Bobbi Jo turned her focus to global issues of peace, conflict-resolution and nonviolence.

It was the inspiration of five cousins, a nephew, and a family friend serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that prompted her to begin to serve her country and community with as much dedication and commitment as they were demonstrating in their service. And it was the birth of her first son that brought her focus to her neighborhood and city.

After her first child was born in 2008, and she was about to return to work from maternity leave she turned that focus to her own local community when the national organization she worked for was dismantled and shut-down by right-wing attacks and lies.  She ran for Mayor of her hometown in November 2010 and has since been involved in campaigns championing measures in support of funding for schools at both the local and state level. In 2016, she ran for Fontana Unified School Board.

Before her political activism, Chavarria operated a successful home-based business, and has extensive experience in sales and marketing, accounting, computer technology, data processing, graphic design and customer service. Her work experience also includes knowledge gained in the truck and rail goods movement industry, as a staff member of a local governing district, and a geotechnology firm. 

  • Established the Inland Empire Do Peace and Nonviolence Alliance ( 
  • Worked with California Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)
    • Helped guide the formation of three local neighborhood chapters of community residents to address concerns and issues such as street safety, crime prevention, improved education, and increased youth activities 
    • Worked with homeowners throughout the Inland Empire to address the foreclosure crisis, sub-prime, and often predatory lending practices 
    • Hosted two large foreclosure prevention workshops assisting over 300 families
    • Participated in workshops hosted by local legislators
    • Held weekly intake sessions providing assistance to homeowners in completing paperwork to begin working with nonprofit loan counselors 

Her organizational involvement includes the following:

  • Founder of the Inland Empire DoPeace & Nonviolence Alliance (IEDOPNA)
  • The Peace Alliance, Regional Action Team Leader
  • GROW Fontana (Grassroots Rising and Organizing to Win)
  • Reform Immigration for America
  • Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Inland Southern California
  • Inland Empire Democratic Socialists of America (IE DSA), Organizing Committee
  • Co-founder and grassroots leader, Inland Empire for Bernie and San Bernardino County for Bernie
  • National Delegate 2016 to Democratic Convention
  • Vice Chair, Sierra Club, San Gorgonio Chapter, Executive Committee

She also supports:

  • Veterans for Peace
  • Citizens Action for Peace
  • Inland Communities Fellowship of Reconciliation (IC FOR)
  • Equality Inland Empire
  • Sierra Club National
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Women's Action for New Directions
  • Sojourners
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Amnesty International
  • Progressive Christians United
  • California One Care
  • Health Care for America Now
  • Democracy for America
  • Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)

Both graduates of Fontana High School, she and her husband, Gil, have been homeowners in Fontana since December 1993, and have two sons, born in December 2008 and June 2012, and a cat.

Poet, human, world citizen. Woman, wife, mother, teacher, student, and more.
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