Maria’s pronouns are she/her/hers. She was born in Michoacán, México, however, she has been living in the Bay Area since she migrated to the United States at four. She recently graduated from UC Davis as a Chicana/o studies major. This last year she also became a mom to her now seven-month-old daughter, Bella Irene. She has had the opportunity to work with youth through another non-profit called Urban Tilth. Urban Tilth’s mission was to advocate for sustainability and the development of a food just community. It was through this program that she developed a passion for community-based work.
She is excited about being part of the yli team and continuing to advocate for all voices to be heard.