Rayfield, Beth

Former Director of Development at the Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)





An oral history with Beth Rayfield, Director of Development at the Collation of Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). This interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview was to better understand the lives of women activist currently involved in providing resources and knowledge to the Latin American communities in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. Specifically, the interview covers Rayfield’s life and events that lead to her becoming socially involved; college years at University of California, Irvine; her involvement with founding UAW Local 2865; becoming involved with Strategic Actions for a Just Economy and East LA Community Corporation, where she started as a development assistant, later promoted to Director of Development and Communications; joining CHIRLA, where she found success with her membership program and “Culture of Fundraising;” how every employee is involved; how she has grown CHIRLA’s fundraising campaign, through grant writing, individual donations, and membership program; how CHIRLA is a stand-out fundraising model among non-profit organizations, thanks to her; discusses role of women in her field; and finally, shares her feelings on being an immigration activist in the Latino community.


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Description> Beth Rayfield, 2015.