Alicia is a daughter, sister, Xicana and organizer in Fresno, CA. Her early experiences growing up poor in a small farm working town have served as the main motivation for her to create leadership pathways and opportunities for young people to step into their power across the Central Valley. Ms. Olivarez brings 10 years of experience in program development, organizing, and collaboration management. After receiving her BA from UC Berkeley, Alicia worked for an Oakland social-impact organization to build coalitions and programs on the issues of reentry, housing, economic development, and boys and men of color. She went on to receive her Masters in Public Policy from Harvard and has since returned to the Central Valley to build 99Rootz, an organizing and voter engagement program that aims to build a transformative youth-led movement in rural communities. When not running campaigns Alicia enjoys working on entrepreneurial and arts ventures, including co-managing a cultural arts space in Fresno.