- Development in Practice, international editorial advisory committee, since 2003
- Controla tu Gobierno, advisory committee 2017-2019, board of directors since 2019
- CCiudadano. Articulación y Construcción de lo Público (CIESAS, Mexico City), board of advisors since 2016
- Center for Inclusive Democracy, University of Southern California (previous California Civic Engagement Project, UC Davis) advisory committee since 2012
- Community Agro-Ecology Network, Santa Cruz, CA. board of directors since 2009
- FUNDAR, Centro de Análisis e Investigación, Mexico City, board of directors from 2006-2021, board executive committee 2015-2021. Honorary board member since 2021
- Journal of Peasant Studies, editorial committee, 2008-2023
- Bank Information Center, Washington, DC. Member of the board of directors from 1998-2008 & 2016 – 2022. Board chair, 2000-2008
- Founding member, International Expert Panel, Independent Reporting Mechanism, Open Government Partnership, 2012-2016
- Be Foundation – Derecho a la Identidad (Mexico City), Advisory Committee, 2014 – 2016
- Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California, (CCREC), Fellow, 2010 – 2013
- United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW-SEIU), California Central Coast region – co-led partnership to organize teams of student interns for community-based worker organizing, 2010-2012.
- Oxfam America, Member, Board of Directors, 2006-2016
- Binational Center for Indigenous Oaxacan Development, Fresno, CA. Advisor, 2000 – 2013
- Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales, California and Oaxaca. Advisor, 1998-2021
- International Relations Center, Silver City, NM. Member of the board of directors, 2001-2006.
- Pesticide Action Network, San Francisco. Member of the board of directors, 1996-2003.
- Trasparencia, S.C., Oaxaca. Research advisor, 1995-2005.