I grew up in the small agricultural town of Santa Paula California about an hour and a half northeast of Los Angeles. Once known as “the citrus capital of the world”, Santa Paula remains the headquarters for Limonera and Calavo Growers. The last census indicated that Santa Paula is 79.5% Latino, which is largely due to the strong agricultural history. Growing up in Santa Paula, and Ventura County in general, is what initially piqued my interest in Latino Politics.
My second hometown is Los Angeles California. I moved to LA in 2010 to attend the University of Southern California where I majored in Political Science and Philosophy. After graduating from USC in the winter of 2011, I continued my studies in the valley. I obtained my masters from California State University Northridge (CSUN) in 2014. While at CSUN I served as a teaching assistant for a number of undergraduate courses including a course taught by former Governor Linda Lingle (HI).
I currently reside in West Los Angeles and am working towards my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California Los Angeles. In my free time you can find me at Disneyland.