I emigrated as a teenager from El Salvador, Central America in the late '80s at the height of my native country's bloody civil war, along with my dad and older brother. I am a 22-year resident of Santa Rosa and have worked for 20 years as a school counselor in the Healdsburg Unified School District. I have worked in all levels of the K-12 school system. In the late 1990’s, prior to becoming a school counselor, I worked as a paraprofessional providing academic advising, career guidance, and social-emotional support to migrant students throughout Sonoma County via the federally- funded Migrant Education program. In 2017, my colleagues elected me to serve as President of the Healdsburg Area Teachers Association, the CTA/NEA affiliate local union which represents all educators in the Healdsburg, West Side, and Alexander Valley school districts. Recently, I've also served my union as a CTA State Council delegate, as well as in the role of Human Rights Chair for CTA’s Redwood Service Center Council. I currently represent CTA’s Sonoma County educators as a delegate to the North Bay Labor Council, AFL-CIO and in 2019 I was elected a California Democratic Party delegate for Assembly District 2.