Alhelí Cuenca was born and raised in Fresno, CA and in 2014 she completed a B.A in Political, Legal, & Economic Analysis with an emphasis in Legal Studies and a minor in Sociology from Mills College. Alhelí’s interdisciplinary coursework led her to The Greenlining Institute as a Health Equity Fellow at The California Endowment.
During her fellowship, Alhelí explored strategies for addressing barriers to health access through an advocacy and philanthropic lens. She leads with the belief that when young people are invested in and have the tools to shape the stories of their community, those narratives can change the hearts and minds of decision makers and the voting public.
As Bay Area Director of Programs, Alhelí finds joy in being a strategic thought partner and cheerleader for the Bay Area Program Managers as they shape yli’s presence and impact in our Bay Area communities. When Alhelí takes off her yli hat, you can find her relaxing on her porch accompanied by her loyal cat Lola or visiting loved ones across California.