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.
Roque's a second generation Xicanx with Southeast Los Angeles roots having grown up in Huntington Park, California. Roque's parents immigrated from Mexico to the U.S. and experienced immense racism going through the public school systems in California and Texas which influenced Roque's drive around racial and educational justice.
Jay is an unabashedly Black, unabashedly queer digital media, pop culture, political, and performing arts enthusiast. Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, he received an undergraduate degree in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, which naturally led him to a career in digital organizing and political organizing.
Steven is a queer second-generation Mexican-American and organizer raised in Boyle Heights. Steven joined Power California in 2017 as part of the YVote team to lead civic engagement work in high schools across Los Angeles County.
Aurora immigrated from Mexico to the United States at the age of nine. She grew up in Oakland’s working-class and immigrant neighborhoods. During her high school years, she was able to overcome the fears caused by her undocumented status by engaging in youth organizing.
Esmeralda is a proud Latina woman, without a college degree, but heavily equipped with lived experiences from her humble upbringing. She is the daughter of two immigrant parents from Autlan, Jalisco, Mexico who have together taught her from an early age about injustices, but also about hard work and perseverance.
Jung Hee is a plotter, schemer and a dreamer for social justice. For over 20 years, she has been designing and leading strategies that help organizations win campaigns, change narratives and lift community voices.
As a second generation Mexican-American from South Central Los Angeles, and a University of Southern California Alum, Gaby has been involved in youth civic engagement for over 9 years through research, organizing, and planning.
Inés was born in Oaxaca, México to farming working parents who raised her in Merced, California. She is the first in her family to attend college and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Business Economics from the University of California, Merced.
Mynor is the son of Guatemalan immigrants, born into the diaspora that has made Los Angeles home. Mynor was the first in his family to attend college and worked with the Early Academic Outreach Program at the University of California, Irvine
Suguey is a first generation indigenous Mexican queer dancer and organizer from Michoacan, Mexico and California. Suguey is the granddaughter of traditional indigenous farmers and daughter of migrant farm workers.
Nancy was born in a small farm town in Indiana, moved to a small town in Michigan, and then on to Pennsylvania. Her childhood experiences created a sense of deep connection to the natural world, both prairies and woodlands. Coming out as lesbian during high school propelled her onto a path of personal inquiry, social justice work, and lifelong learning.
Jasmine Leiva is the daughter of Salvadoran immigrants and grew up working class in Fresno, CA. She is committed to reproductive justice, building youth power, and creating spaces for political education.
Vanessa was born and raised in Parlier, California. Prior to joining Power California, Vanessa interned with the Korean Resource Center in Orange County, where she did civic engagement and community organizing.
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
Asmaa is a first-generation American whose parents were born and raised in a small village in Palestine. For nearly a decade, Asmaa’s jobs have centered around human resources and project management, as she moved from family businesses in Chicago to Macy’s in San Francisco to Power California.
Fadwa is Chicago born, Palestinian rooted, Oakland-based since 2001. She brings over 13 years experience in cooperatives, specifically Arizmendi Bakery Lakeshore and Strength in Numbers Bookkeeping Cooperative.
Pacita is a queer immigrant, writer, and storyteller living in Oakland, California. A descendant of Ghanaian and Bajan ancestors, she spent her early years growing up in England, Ghana, and the United States.
Aparna Shah has worked for social change and expanded democracy with immigrant, refugee and young people of color for over 25 years. In 2019, she transitioned from Co-Executive Director of Power California (formerly Mobilize the Immigrant Vote and YVote) to Senior Advisor for the organization.
Fermin is a former unaccompanied minor, first in his family to graduate college and a new father. Fermin brings over a decade of experience working at the intersection of narrative shift, strategic communications, and digital advertising.
Carla was born and raised in the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles by her Mexican single mother. After more than a decade working in a clothing factory in LA she motivated herself to attend community college—eventually transferring to UC Santa Cruz where she double majored in Sociology and Feminist Studies.