Your vote would allow me to give back to our community, and offer some lessons I learned along the way—meeting students, faculty, and staff where they’re at and asking:

  • How can we reduce outside stressors so we all can thrive and learn in spite of adverse circumstances and experiences? 
  • What do students need to complete their programs and/or transfer to four-year institutions and how can Rio Hondo better meet those needs? 
  • How do we better support faculty and increase funding for programs and departments?

As a first-generation college graduate myself, I will tirelessly advocate for financial knowledge among the student body, which extends beyond financial aid to understanding broader aspects of debt, credit, and public policy. I’ll provide strong support for expanded mental health resources, tutoring, and food security. I want to help students flourish in their classes and achieve (and possibly surpass) their goals for the future. Most important, I want to prevent students from falling through the cracks.

I’m a graduate of local public schools (Murphy Ranch Elementary School, Granada Middle School, La Serna High School), and a firm believer in AFFORDABLE EDUCATION and STUDENT SUCCESS. Throughout my college and graduate studies, I worked multiple jobs in order to make ends meet. I took out loans year after year to support my studies, and I’ve personally experienced financial insecurity as I struggled to reach my goal of earning a Ph.D. and becoming a tenured professor here in Southern California.

 

I’m an avowed education advocate focused on strengthening the resources and curricula at Rio Hondo College.

I want to represent our community interests by serving on the Board of Trustees for Rio Hondo. I humbly ask for your vote.