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The Home Page is a citizen journalism project aimed to raise awareness of slum housing conditions in order to change public policy. The site is a project of Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) and is part of a larger effort to build leadership in the community and hold property owners and government officials accountable for the conditions that affect tenant's health and welfare. Funded by the California Endowment.


























Dear SAJE Friends and Family 


Brings extensive experience in economic justice

The Board of Directors of Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) is honored to announce the hiring of Cynthia Strathmann as our new Executive Director. Cynthia brings more than 15 years of activist and academic experience focused on issues of economic justice and equitable opportunity. She recently served as Research and Policy Analyst for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE).

Prior to working at LAANE, Cynthia was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California where she managed a large study addressing health disparities among low-income African American families with chronically ill or disabled children. Cynthia has a long-standing interest in building a more just society by addressing structural inequality and has extensive experience as both an academic and an activist pursuing projects and campaigns to understand and improve labor practices, healthcare, and public education.

Cynthia holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She did her postdoctoral work at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine on physician-patient communication and health outcomes among chronic disease patients. She has co-authored papers in anthropology and medical journals and continues to speak at national conferences. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.

SAJE’s Board of Directors selected Strathmann after an extensive search, noting her focus and experience on community organizing and economic justice.

As Executive Director, Cynthia will work to advance SAJE’s mission, work, and collaborations which impact and improve health and slum housing conditions, economic and social determinants of health, economic justice, living wage jobs and training, and health and human rights.  SAJE’s tireless efforts on behalf of economic democracy, neighborhood integrity and tenants’ rights have included taking landlords to court,  establishing land trusts, and negotiating landmark agreements that ended conflicts between institutions and low income residents while benefiting all participants.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of SAJE, I am thrilled  to welcome Cynthia Strathmann as the new executive director,” said Board Chair Jim Mangia. “SAJE’s Board of Directors selected Cynthia after an extensive search because of her focus on community organizing and experience with economic justice.  Cynthia passionately believes in the role SAJE plays in bettering the lives of low income people in South Los Angeles and we expect her to successfully lead new initiatives that will strengthen and broaden SAJE’s role in the City of Los Angeles.”




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