ORGANIZATION

PE3 has been conceptualized, co-organized and produced by

TEDDY CRUZ
Teddy Cruz

Teddy Cruz was born in Guatemala City. He obtained a Master in Design Studies at Harvard University in 1997 and established his research- based architecture practice in San Diego, California in 2000. He has been recognized internationally for his urban research of the Tijuana- San Diego border, and in collaboration with community-based nonprofit organizations such as Casa Familiar, for his work on affordable housing in relationship to an urban policy more inclusive of social and cultural programs for the city. In 1991, he received the prestigious Rome Prize in Architecture and in 2005 he was the first recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture On The City Prize, by the Canadian Center of Architecture and the London School of Economics. In 2008 he was selected to represent the US in the Venice Architecture Biennial and he is currently an associate professor in public culture and urbanism in the Visual Arts Department at University of California, San Diego.

OSCAR ROMO
Oscar Romo

Oscar Romo, Ph.D., is a former United Nations diplomat and now the watershed coordinator at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve and lecturer at the UCSD Urban Studies and Planning Program. Romo serves as a delegate to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development; participates as a co-chair of the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission Citizens Forum, the U.S. EPA Border 2012 Water Task Force and the Tijuana River Recovery Team Bi-national Task Force. In Mexico, Romo is a member of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, Baja California Task Force; the City of Tijuana Urban Planning and Ecology SubCommittee; and serves as projects coordinator for the Los Laureles Watershed Council. He is also an advisor to the Baja California State Assemby. On April 2007, Romo was recognized as one of the Environmentalists of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and in 2009 received the Visionary Award from the Urban Land Institute. Romo got his academic credentials in Architecture from La Salle University in Mexico, Urban Studies and Social Housing from the Complutense University and the National Institute for Social Housing in Spain, and Environmental Sciences from La Salle University in Louisiana. → oromo@parks.ca.gov, oromo@ucsd.edu

ANDREA SKOREPA
Andrea Skorepa

Andrea has served as Chief Executive Officer of CASA FAMILIAR since 1980 and is a native San Ysidran. She is directly responsible for the overall administration of the agency’s programs, budget and staff. Andrea’s experience as a community organizer, Planning Commissioner, founder and Board Chair of the City of San Diego’s "Citizen Advisory Board on Police/Community Relations", Mayor’s Latino Advisory Committee, ACLU, Chicano Executives Committee, A.I.A. Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team, San Diego Repertory Theater, and a multitude of other community-based activities, boards and commissions on behalf of the community has created a very unique and multi-faceted non-profit in Casa Familiar. She is a force and leader in the development of the Latino community that spearheads efforts for community sustainability, equality and innovation across all fields. She was recently recognized by San Diego State University’s President, Dr. Steven Weber, with a lifetime achievement award from her Alma mater.


Hosting Agencies
The Political Equator 3 will be co-hosted by the Community-based NGO Casa Familiar in San Ysidro, California, the Center for Urban Ecologies, an initiative affiliated to the Division of Arts and Humanities and the Visual Arts Department at University of California, San Diego, the Tijuana River Estuary Visitor Center and Alter-Terra, a Mexican Non-Profit Organization working on scientific and environmental research and projects in Los Laureles Canyon, in Tijuana, Mexico.

Collaborators
Alter-Terra staff, organization
Casa Familiar/The Front staff, organization
Cohabitation Strategies, co-curators PE Consortium
Deborah Forster, curator of technology
Studio Matthias Görlich, website design
Mark Gusmann, director of graphic design
Aaron Levy, media producer
William Morrish, co-curator PE Consortium
Quilian Riano, curator of social media
Lucia San Roman, curator of local artists 
Megan Willis, project organizer

Supporting Institutions
Art Produce
Calit2 at UCSD
Center for Community Wellbeing at UCSD
Division of Arts and Humanities at UCSD
GEM Foundation
Graham Foundation
Global TIES Teams in Engineering Service
Haudenschild Garage, San Diego
New School of Architecture + Design, San Diego
Periscope
School of Constructed Environments at Parsons the New School for Design, New York City
UCIRA
UCSD Extension
University of San Diego
UCSD Visual Arts Department
Woodbury University, San Diego

The Political Equator received major grant support from the FORD Foundation.

Additional support was made available by the Graham Foundation, UCIRA and the Visual Arts Department at UCSD.