Penny J. Newman is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ), a 39 year old organization that has been actively working to improve the social and natural environments for Riverside and San Bernardino County residents. Penny started her career as an educator for Jurupa Unified School District. She went on to serve as a Special Education Teacher for the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, focusing on special education students with Severe Disorder of Language. When children and community member’s health deteriorated due to toxic chemicals, Penny took on the historical challenge against Stringfellow Acid Pits, Riverside County’s Cold War-era toxic waste dump. Through Penny’s leadership, Stringfellow was identified as a Superfund site, and federal money was secured to alleviate the exposure damage to local residents.