Katrina Ruiz

Katrina was born in Merced, CA and raised in both Merced and Los Banos, CA. Her foundations are built on social justice and equity. Katrina became a mother at the age of 17, and was often told she would be nothing more than a statistic for the remainder of her life. Katrina decided to change that narrative, not only for herself, but for her daughter as well.

She has many certificates of which she is quite proud, as each is a part of her larger journey. In 2000, Katrina became a Certified Nurses Assistant; in 2010, she earned her Food Handlers Certificate; and in 2011 she became a Licensed Insurance Broker through the State of California.  In 2012, Katrina earned her Associate of Arts degree in Social and Behavioral Science. She then went on to transfer to UC Merced and became a recipient of a Maddy Institute Scholarship which allowed her to intern at Senator Anthony Cannella’s office.  During her tenure at UC Merced, Katrina also was afforded the opportunity to be a NAACS presenter and the Co-Chair for M.E.Ch.A. In 2015 Katrina graduated from UC Merced with her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She then worked as an Employment and Training Worker for Madera County, focusing on helping people become employable. Katrina then went on to work as a District Representative for Congressman Jim Costa who represents California’s 16th District.  

Katrina is currently the Program Manager for Merced and most recently Madera. She is a Next Generation Fellow, which allows her to cultivate and enhance her Leadership and Policy Advocacy Skills. She has also recently been appointed as an Advisor for Grassroots Womxn Rising.

Katrina has remained in the Central Valley her whole life, as she feels it is most crucial to establish change from where you are rooted. She believes that youth voice is the most powerful voice and is excited to support and develop leaders in the Central Valley.

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