Jannet Matthew is a Long Beach resident with a passion for human rights and cultural heritage. Jannet is a native Spanish speaker and First-Generation American. Jannet is graduating from Southwestern Law School with her Juris Doctorate in Spring of 2017. She currently serves as an immigration law clerk, and intends on pursuing a career in immigration law.
Jannet started her journey with We Are the Next in 2014 as a student intern, worked as part-time staff, and then became President of the Board. She is well-versed in our operations and programs, and works with our Youth Advisory Council. Her leadership on our board has been critical in shaping our programs for first-generation youth in the Long Beach region.
Lindsey Ingram, Treasurer
Lindsey Ingram is a Long Beach resident and middle school teacher. She is a strong promoter of education and believes we must embrace our diverse cultures and heritages to help the next generation succeed. When she’s not teaching, Lindsey freelances as a professional human interest photographer. Lindsey performs duties as Board Treasurer for We Are the Next, and documents all of the organization’s events and educational programs.
Rita Cofield, Secretary
Rita Cofield is a resident of Watts with valuable experience in community-based projects. Her career began in stage building for theater groups and architectural construction, but shifted as she discovered her love of historic places. Rita is now in the process of earning a Master’s in Historic Preservation from the University of Southern California, and hopes to use her construction background to help young adults learn the history of their communities through hands-on restoration project at local historic sites.