Sophia Bautista (she/her)

Based in Los Angeles, CA, Sophia Bautista is a Program Coordinator and works several programs at the Long Beach regional office. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and Labor Studies.

Before Youth Leadership Institute, she was a Youth Community Organizer with March for Our Lives and the Dolores Huerta Foundation in Fresno, CA. 

At UCLA, she was actively involved in research with the UCLA Labor Center and the UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy, co-authoring reports and leading independent projects. One of them was “Run Me My Money: Unpaid Internships, COVID-19, and Student Political Values,” which was featured in the 2022 edition of UCLA Aleph Undergraduate Research Journal, and the 2021 UCLA Undergraduate Research Showcase. The full report – where she served as Creative Director – was released at-large through saalt press as a ‘zine. She also interned with the Bulosan Center for Filipino American Studies as the Qualitative Research Lead, and led a workshop on research justice for their annual research symposium, “Embodied Knowledge.” 

After graduating, Sophia was a Programming Intern with the Feminist Center for Creative Work and an English Teacher in Morocco. Outside of yli, she is a professional dancer, performing burlesque at cabarets, aerial silk, lyrical, and contemporary pole.

She is passionate about working at the nexus of creative practice, research justice, and popular education. In her spare time, you can find her reading, playing guitar, skateboarding, or at the beach.