Carmen is a first generation, bilingual, queer Xicana. Raised in Wilmington, CA. by immigrant parents from small ranchitos in Jalisco, Mexico, she was politicized and trained as a community organizer at the Labor/Community Strategy Center’s (LCSC) National School for Strategic Organizing at the age of 14. Since then she has worked for social and racial justice organizations that focused on youth and community organizing, leadership development, public policy reform, immigrant, and labor rights. Carmen is passionate about nurturing the leadership of women, queer, and trans people of color. Carmen supports staff development and oversees organizational culture by centering wellness, leadership, and sustainability practices. Carmen is a licensed therapist and certified professional coach. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in Communication Studies and Spanish Literature and completed a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) with a focus on Community Mental Health. Her superpowers include listening with her heart and being guided by powerful intuition. Carmen loves listening to podcasts and musica en Español. And although part of heart will always be in L.A., she loves and lives with her family in Oakland.