Central Coast Program Team

Moisés Moreno-Rivera, M.A.

Central Coast Program Coordinator

moises@ejcw.org, (831) 226-9757

Moisés works with community members and partners for long-term drinking water and wastewater solutions in the Central Coast region including the Salinas Valley. His work includes supporting the implementation of the Salinas Valley Disadvantaged Community (DAC) Drinking Water and Wastewater Planning Project, Proposition 1 DAC Involvement and technical assistance programs. Moisés comes from the East Coachella Valley in Southern California. He received his Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley where he studied Peace and Conflict Studies specializing in Human Rights in Latin America. Additionally, Moisés holds a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida with a specialization in Crime, Law, and Governance in the Americas.

Heather Lukacs, PhD

Central Coast Program Director/Technical Assistance Specialist

heather@ejcw.org, (831) 226-9757

Heather Lukacs connects small communities to technical and financial resources needed to address persistent water contamination through the Salinas Valley Disadvantaged Community Water and Wastewater Project. Previously, Heather co-developed and directed a private well testing program and worked with partners to implement a point-of-use water treatment project in the San Joaquin Valley while on staff at the Community Water Center. In 2014, Heather received a PhD from Stanford University for her dissertation on community-based watershed restoration in Appalachia. Prior, Heather worked as a lecturer in MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where she also received undergraduate and masters degrees.

Joseph Chavez

Volunteer Intern


Joseph Chavez is based in Salinas, CA. He is currently a Master of Public Health student at Touro University in Vallejo, CA. Prior, Joseph worked as an educator in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. He has always been passionate about working with underserved communities. As part of his projects with EJCW, he plans to use his knowledge of public health to encourage lead testing in schools and to work alongside health and medical professionals to share information with local residents about the health effects of contaminated drinking water.

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