Who We Are

Poder in Action is a 501c3 organization located in the Maryvale neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona. During the spring and summer of 2018 the members and staff worked together to rebrand the organization, from the Center for Neighborhood Leadership to Poder in Action. The new name and brand represent the organizations dedication to building the power of our people and creating change through action.

Background: Founded in 2013, Poder in Action, previously Center for Neighborhood Leadership, filled a missing piece in the social justice movement in Arizona by focusing on leadership development, systems change, and local public policy. Poder in Action’s mission is to disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression and determine a liberated future as people of color in Arizona by building power through our lived experience, leadership development and civic participation.  

Poder in Action is led by organizers who all began as volunteers within the organization and created programs based on their personal experience with injustice in the immigration, criminal justice, and education systems. Each program builds community power by centering those who are most at risk of systemic oppression.

Viri Hernandez