I am a proud Santa Fean with deep roots in New Mexico. My grandparents called the villages of Agua Fria and Lamy home. My father came to Santa Fe from El Salvador in the 1980's. My parents inspired me with their strength, resilience and commitment to social justice. That inspiration, along with support from teachers at St. Michael’s and Santa Fe High Schools, helped me build a strong foundation to launch a career as an organizer and community activist.
Organizing workers for better working conditions, fighting for increased wages for workers through the Public Allies Program at Somos Un Pueblo Unido, and taking up the banner against wage theft reinforced my commitment to improving the quality of life in all communities. As an organizer with The Chicago Workers Collaborative, I had the opportunity to expand my knowledge of the overall labor movement and work with city and state officials to create legislation aimed at ending racial discrimination on the shop floor.
After working throughout the country, I returned to Santa Fe permanently in 2019 to help Café Castro transition from our small family-owned business to a democratically managed LLC, making the café 100% employee owned.
Cafe Castro – Administrative Director 2019 – Present
Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 40 under 40 Honoree 2023
Member/Chair City of Santa Fe Arts Commission 2020-2023
Violin/Vocals Mariachi Sirenas, Chicago, IL 2017-2019
Cohort Member, Cultivate: Women of Color Leadership, Chicago, IL 2017
Instructor, Chicago Mariachi Project 2018-2019
Communications Consultant, Chicago Workers Collaborative 2017-2019
Community Organizer and Communications Manager Chicago Workers’ Collaborative 2016-2017
Community Organizer, Somos Un Pueblo Unido 2010-2014
Mellon Fellow 2009-2010
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH 2010: Bachelor of Arts - Double Majored in Comparative American Studies and Politics: Globalization & Nation
Santa Fe Rotary Exchange Student, Brazil, 2006
Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe, NM 2005
Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idlewild, CA 2003
St. Michael's High School, Santa Fe, NM 2001