I was born in South Texas to a former farmworker and an educator. My mother raised my sister Anita and me as a single parent in apartments and small houses right here in the heart of San Antonio, in District 1. Growing up, our mom always stressed the importance of a good education and believed in the promise of San Antonio's public schools, which I attended throughout grade and high school. I am a proud graduate of Arnold Elementary, Tafolla Middle School and Thomas Jefferson High School. Like my mom, I believe in San Antonio's public schools and believe we should do all we can to prepare our students for the future. When I became a first-time homeowner, I knew I wanted to return to my old neighborhood and was honored to purchase a small house essentially across the street from the first home my mother and I lived in when I was a child.
After high school I attended the University of Michigan, where I earned my undergraduate degree, my Masters of Social Work and my law degree.
As a social worker, I helped young gang members in Detroit, Michigan transition out of the gangs and into school or the workforce. I continued this work in Harlingen, Texas with Communities in Schools (CIS), working with at-risk youth to improve literacy by creating a student newspaper.
In law school, I devoted myself to civil rights advocacy. I spent a summer in New York City with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and a year at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) back in San Antonio.
After graduating from law school I returned to San Antonio permanently as a MALDEF staff attorney, where I spent the last six years advocating and litigating on behalf of working people, children, and immigrant communities. I worked for systemic changes so that Texas public schools are more equitably funded. I also fought against discrimination in schools and in the workforce, and for electoral systems that provide every citizen an equal right to vote.
Proposed 2012 – 2017 Bond Projects for District 1
District 1 Fiesta Family Safety Guide
Guía de Seguridad para la Familia Distrito 1
Fiesta 2013 Safety (English)
Fiesta 2013 Safety (Español)