Service – Public, Academic, Additional Work Experience

Aug 2021 – Present         

Student Representative

Central American Section – Latin American Studies Association (CAS-LASA)

I am currently serving as student representative in the CAS-LASA section and will be responsible for helping coordinated events, programs, and workshops related to Central American Studies within the Latin American Studies Association before and during the annual conference. I will also be responsible for handling all the CAS-LASA social media and updating the membership listserv.

Jan 2015 – Aug 2017      

Lead Organizer & Digital Organizer

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) – Los Angeles, California

As a lead organizer, I executed and supervised the implementation of CARECEN’s organizing work plan, which prioritized projects and campaigns that have to do with immigrant rights, refugee rights, education reform, and worker rights. As a digital organizer, I redesigned and managed CARECEN’s new website using Nation Builder, a web management platform that doubles as an online community organizing tool and database. My primary role was to not only manage the website, but also to train CARECEN organizers to use online organizing tools, as well as to update and maintain CARECEN’s social media and online profiles to maximize its presence and community involvement on and offline.

Jan – May 2015              

Post-Production & Research Intern

Brave New Films – Los Angeles, California

I edited string-outs on Adobe Premiere Pro for Brave New Films, a non-profit production house and new media company that produces feature-length documentaries and investigative videos “to educate, influence and empower viewers to take action around issues that matters.” I specifically worked on BNF’s newest production “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA”, a political documentary about the National Rifle Association and gun control policies in the United States. I also briefly worked in the research department investigating different topics and assignments for educational outreach purposes.

Aug 2013 – Jul 2014       

Database and Communications Coordinator

Equal Voice for Southern California Families Alliance (EVSCF) – Los Angeles, California

As database management and communications coordinator for EVSCF, an alliance of 18 community-based non-profit organizations in Southern California united in a mission to fight for economic justice for working-class families, I created and managed EVSCF’s membership database, as well as managed and maintained EVSCF’s website, communications, and social media platforms. I also helped launch EVSCF’s “Sunny Day Fund” campaign to lobby Gov. Jerry Brown to invest in social programs for working-class communities instead of putting California’s budget surplus in our state “rainy day fund”.

Jun – Aug 2013              

Region 6 (Nursing Homes) Organizer In-Training

SEIU (Service Employee International Union) ULTCW (United Long-Term Care Workers), Local 6434 – Los Angeles, California

I worked as an intern in the Nursing Homes Division of the SEIU ULTCW on behalf of the UCLA Labor Center’s Student Leadership Academy organizer training program. As a full-time employee, my tasks included reading and analyzing union contracts, doing facility visits to talk to and recruit workers to join the union, as well as assist in doing house calls and phone-banking for upcoming events and worker training seminars. I also contributed to efforts revolving around the 2013 Dignity Conference, an event organized to bring together all nursing home workers to push forward the ULTCW’s Dignity Campaign, an initiative which aims to provide better quality care, life, and jobs for all represented union members.

Sep 2010 – Jun 2012

Statewide Coordinator – Central Coordinating Committee

Unión Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios (USEU) – California

I served as the statewide coordinator of the largest organization representing Salvadoran university students in the United States, including chapters at 11 different campuses across the state of California. My responsibilities included the establishment of the statewide structure, the coordination between the established chapters and the expansion of organization throughout the state. Apart from assisting in officially establishing USEU at my home university, I also helped in the establishment of the chapter at UC Davis.  I was also responsible for the execution of statewide projects, such as USEU’s annual high school college fair, electoral delegations, statewide retreats, annual conferences and the summer abroad exchange program with the National University of El Salvador. I also served as a representative of the organization to institutions of the Salvadoran government and community coalitions.

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