Throughout my professional experiences, I have pursued a vision of community and civic engagement and power in the political and policy making processes as well as playing a partnership role in implementing solutions.

I am an immigrant born in Mexico. I was raised in the “inner city” formerly known as South Central Los Angeles and shaped by my experience riding a 2-hour school bus to San Fernando Valley. I am grateful to my brother, mother, and late father as well as my school and life teachers who cheered me on to graduate from Occidental College and Princeton University.