Center for Community Advocacy

Message from the President

Lydia Villarreal, Chairman of the CCA Board of Directors, has announced that current Executive Director, Daniel Gonzalez, after more than two years as Executive Director, is transitioning to a new position in March. Villarreal also announced that a longtime supporter and team member of CCA, Kris Edmunds, has agreed to be CCA’s Interim Executive Director.

Edmunds was CCA’s Director of Education and Fund Development in the early days and did a phenomenal job of fundraising and elevating CCA’s profile in the community. She has been on the board two different times, from 2000–2006 and from 2019-2020. She will temporarily step down as a board member while she is serving as CCA’s Interim Executive Director.

Edmunds has extensive experience in fundraising and administration, and deep knowledge of the local community. “We could not have asked for a more experienced, more perfect Interim Executive Director. I’d like you to join me in welcoming Kris as our Interim Executive Director,” said Villarreal.


Thank You for the Opportunity to Lead

As a longtime supporter and team member of CCA and board member two different times, from 2000–2006 and from 2019-2020, I am honored and excited to assume my new position of Interim Executive Director of CCA. During my 30-year relationship with CCA, I have been a volunteer, staff member, fundraiser, board member, donor, and a great admirer of CCA’s work. I am thrilled to help guide an organization that I love through an important transition period. I am grateful that the board has the confidence in me to take on this challenge. The work we do here is even more important and critical now, more than a year into the pandemic that has severely impacted all of our lives. Thank you for the opportunity to continue to serve our community.

Kristine Edmunds
Interim Executive Director


The Center for Community Advocacy (CCA)  provides education, orientation and legal support to farm workers and other low-income working families who want to establish neighborhood committees that work to improve housing and health conditions. CCA trains these committees to negotiate with landlords to resolve issues such as unsafe housing conditions, housing discrimination and security deposits. CCA also trains these committees to provide preventative health information and interventions in their neighborhoods.

CCA is committed to providing opportunities, venues and programs that allow motivated residents to develop their leadership skills and potential.  Whether through volunteering at CCA and community events, serving in a leadership capacity in a local community group or board or by participating in a workshop series, CCA works to provide residents with opportunities to participate, network and avail themselves of ideas and best practices for civic engagement and community involvement.

Please join us this Mother’s Day in honoring the women who head CCA’s neighborhood housing and health committees by supporting CCA’s Mother’s Day Promotoras Campaign.

Support CCA & OUR ESSENTIAL FARMWORKER COMMUNITY. Donate through the Monterey County Weekly’s Monterey County Gives! program to raise funds for local nonprofits and earn a chance to win a handcrafted  calavera.

What Can CCA Do?

Strong Families

Strong Families Program is focused on youth violence prevention by strengthening families.


The Health Program creates neighborhood leaders as health promoters to improve the health of the farm working community.


Housing Program which helps farm workers improve living conditions.

Our Heroes

Recipients of our Ben Heller Award for Leadership and Courage and our Sam Karas Farmworker Leadership Award

VIVA serves as an association of CCA-trained committees to promote both health and housing related issues.


CCA serves farmworkers and other low-income working families in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. We give preference to families or groups residing in substandard housing sites. Our services are provided free of charge.

Help Support Us

CCA is able to “help farmworkers help themselves” because of the generous support of our local community, foundations and private donors. If you would like to support the work of the CCA, please contact our office or make a tax-deductible donation.