Progressive Activist and Community Organizer

Prounouns:  she/her/hers

Bobbi Jo Chavarria has been involved in human rights and peace activism since joining the campaign for a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding in 2006.  That decision has changed the direction of her professional career. Retiring from a long-time career in direct sales and management, Bobbi Jo turned her focus to global issues of peace, conflict-resolution and nonviolence.

It was the inspiration of five cousins, a nephew, and a family friend serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that prompted her to begin to serve her country and community with as much dedication and commitment as they were demonstrating in their service. And it was the birth of her first son that brought her focus to her neighborhood and city.

  • Established the Inland Empire Do Peace and Nonviolence Alliance (iedopna.blogspot.com) 
  • Worked with California Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)
    • Helped guide the formation of three local neighborhood chapters of community residents to address concerns and issues such as street safety, crime prevention, improved education, and increased youth activities 
    • Worked with homeowners throughout the Inland Empire to address the foreclosure crisis, sub-prime, and often predatory lending practices 
    • Hosted two large foreclosure prevention workshops assisting over 300 families
    • Participated in workshops hosted by local legislators
    • Held weekly intake sessions providing assistance to homeowners in completing paperwork to begin working with nonprofit loan counselors 

Her organizational involvement includes the following:

  • Elected delegate, San Bernardino County Democratic Party (2016-2020)
  • SB County Delegate, California Democratic Party (2017-2018, 2019-2020)
  • Co-Founder, Catalina's List
  • Vice Chair, Sierra Club, San Gorgonio Chapter
  • Co-Chair, IE Democratic Socialists of America
  • Founder, Inland Empire DoPeace and Nonviolence Alliance (IEDOPNA)
  • Regional Action Team Leader, The Peace Alliance, National Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding
  • Organizer/Founder, GROW Fontana (Grassroots Rising and Organizing to Win)
  • Member, Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice
  • Founder and Organizing Team Member, Progressive Alliance of the Inland Empire
  • Co-founder and grassroots leader, Inland Empire for Our Revolution (formerly Inland Empire for Bernie and San Bernardino County for Bernie)
  • National Delegate 2016 to Democratic Convention

She also supports:

  • Reform Immigration for America
  • Veterans for Peace
  • Citizens Action for Peace
  • Inland Communities Fellowship of Reconciliation (IC FOR)
  • Equality Inland Empire
  • Sierra Club National
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Women's Action for New Directions
  • Sojourners
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Amnesty International
  • Progressive Christians United
  • Soka Gakai International - USA
  • Medicare for All
  • California One Care
  • Health Care for America Now
  • Democracy for America
  • MoveOn
  • Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
  • Habitat for Humanity - Puerto Rico

Both graduates of Fontana High School, she and her husband, Gil, have been homeowners in Fontana since December 1993, and have two sons, born in 2008 and 2012, and a cat.


Poet, human, world citizen. Woman, wife, mother, teacher, student, and more.