We need people in Congress who will stand up to Trump, and who will do the right thing for the constituents of this district. We need someone who will always vote people over party.
When people ask me where I am from, my answer is simple. I grew up here. I am Californian.
Growing up in Lincoln, named an All-America City by the National Civic League in 2006, I was a proud Fighting Zebra at Lincoln High School. There wasn't much I was not involved with; U.S. Air Force ROTC, Drama, Dance, Choir, Soccer, you name it, I was there!
I attended Humboldt State University as a working mother, graduating after just 3 years with multiple degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Geographic Information Systems, an Associates of Science in Natural Sciences, an Associates of Arts in Social Sciences, and an Associates of Science in Geography. My studies focused on geopolitical and cultural research, an endeavor that exposed me to the many complexities and dire circumstances of white, migrant, working-class Americans.
Today, I work in Geospatial Science and Intelligence, working as a contractor with Federal and State Agencies on Environmental, Agricultural, and Defense projects.
I have lived in this district for over 20 years. I am dedicated to elevate the people of this district. Nothing would make me more proud than to be able to represent my community, my people, my home in D.C.
I have devoted my free time advocating for the less fortunate. I’ve served on the Board of Directors, serving as the Chairperson of the Policy Council for KidZKount, a non-profit organization that focuses on early childhood education. From 2009-2011, I helped to draft and promote legislation for the Head Start Program, and secured $2.1 Billion through The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, signed into law by President Barack Obama.
I have been an outspoken advocate for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs, mentoring at public schools and volunteering with “Girls Who Code”, mentoring and teaching future generations of female software engineers.
My family migrated to the United States during the civil wars that ravaged El Salvador and many other Central American countries during the 80s. That is why the issue of immigration and refugees hits close to home. My mother was one of the few lucky ones who were granted a path to citizenship under the Reagan Administration. I am an advocate for immigration reform, to help millions of people realize The American Dream. I am working closely with DREAMers and Work Visa Holders to support legislation that will lead to a well-structured path to citizenship.
I am a proud mother of one 12-year-old girl, and emphasizes the importance of volunteering and being a servant leader. My daughter and I spend much of our free-time and weekends removing invasive species from our state parks, volunteering at homeless shelters, and engaging in in other forms of community service.