Claudia is a youth organizer and educator in California’s Central Valley. Originally from Los Angeles, Claudia grew up in the Bay Area, and has made Merced her home for the past several years. A graduate of Merced College, she went on to study at UC Berkeley, where she was a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar and majored in Social Welfare. Since returning to the Valley in 2014, her work has focused on youth, helping to push the narrative around young people and uplifting their voices.
Raised with strong social justice and political foundations, Claudia has been involved in many movements, most notably the formerly incarcerated people’s movement, and now holds the distinction of being a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow. Through her Soros Justice Advocacy fellowship, Claudia launched the first wrap around reentry program for formerly incarcerated womyn and girls in the entire Central Valley, Formerly Incarcerated Xingonas (FIX). Dedicated to social justice work, Claudia hopes to continue movement building, healing, and organizing in order to build youth and power in Merced and the Central Valley.
Claudia runs Girls and Womyn of Color (GWoC) in Merced.