Hilda Gaytan is a community leader whose advocacy work spans more than two decades; her focus is on advancing health and environmental equity to build healthy, equitable and sustainable communities, particularly North Long Beach where she resides.
In 2019, she saw the need to strengthen her work and she co-founded Puente Latino Association where she serves as President. The organization uses art and placemaking as a tool for community engagement and advocacy to address local issues at the neighborhood level.
As co-chair of the Sustainable City Commission, and member of the transition committee for Mayor
pollution, advance green economy and community capacity building to tackling environmental inequalities in disadvantage communities.
Hilda is an Arts for LA and a walking college fellow; she has the certification as a Master Gardener from UCD and sustainable practices from UCI. She has a background in sociology and urban design. She likes dancing, enjoying nature walks, gardening and has gained the title of fierce community leader by her 10 years old granddaughter Lulu.