Photo of Dinora Reyna courtesy of San Diego Organizing Project

The San Diego Organizing Project announced Wednesday the appointment of community organizer Dinora Reyna as the nonprofit’s executive director.

Reyna took the reigns July 1 from Kevin Malone, who had led the organization for more than a decade and is relocating to another SDOP affiliate in northern California. Reyna has been with the organization since 2014 and briefly served as interim executive director in 2017 while Malone was on sabbatical.

Since joining the organization, Reyna has led volunteer efforts to pass Proposition 47, which downgraded poverty-related felonies to misdemeanors, and organized volunteer support for Senate Bill 54, which prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from arresting people for federal immigration enforcement purposes.

“I believe in the power of our faith community to create change,” Reyna said. “Today, I am more hopeful than ever about what is possible in our communities. Working with leaders across the county has proven time and time again that when we unlock the power of people of faith, we move toward liberation for us all.”

According to SDOP, Reyna intends to work with local faith leaders and residents to address inequality and division around San Diego County.

The Rev. Neal Wilkinson of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church called Reyna strong, humble and graceful.

“SDOP is to stand with the people and be a voice of the people, which Dinora will do well because she listens well and steps up,” Wilkinson said.

City News Service

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