My purpose in life is to inspire. My passion is to help others discover their potential. As an undocumented Latinx womxn of color I have learned to embrace every challenge, leading me to a life of resiliency and fulfillment. I was one of the “lucky ones” to receive a work authorization card through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2015.
Nothing has ever stopped me from going after my dreams and reaching them. I graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2010. I am the Executive Director and Co-Founder of I AM Empowerment LLC, a transformational leadership organization that inspires individuals to discover and believe in their potential, passion, and purpose. My dream is to travel the world and take my organization to touch the lives of individuals wherever I go. I decided to become an entrepreneur as a way to have a career and financial plan if DACA is ever rescinded. I take control of my life path regardless of my legal status.
I am committed to my community by challenging racism, raising awareness, and using my voice. In 2018 I was appointed as the Vice Chair to the Yakima City Council Community Integration Committee where we advise the City Council on ways to improve community engagement; diversify the city government; provide additional review of policies; and provide a platform where Yakima residents can use their voice. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and on the College Success Foundation Executive Board in the Yakima Valley. I am a former member of the YWCA Racial Justice Committee and the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) Rapid Response Team where I educated my community on how to defend their rights and notify them of ICE raids. Through I AM Empowerment, I co-lead a community undocumented support group in Yakima, WA called Corazón. I attribute my achievements to my mom first, then my mentors and other family role-models. I am ready for what comes next.