meI am a bilingual first generation Latino-American from a community of working-class minorities, and the first in my family to go to college. My journey from South Central L.A. to the Bay Area has always been about giving back to communities and people who have stories like mine.

I majored in Ethnic Studies with an emphasis in Latina|Latino Studies and Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University. I’ve been working with cameras since I was 10. I constantly filmed and edited videos straight from the camera not knowing that editing software existed but that would prove to be beneficial. In high school I was the school wide videographer, documenting and promoting events. For school rallies I would create multiple comedic commercials promoting dances, games and other school paraphernalia.

I continued documenting events and creating video art projects as I entered college. I was the co-founder of the first video club at San Francisco State University and was elected Vice President of Documenting Ethnic Communities. I have taught a ‘Making Movies’ class as a volunteer for an after school program in part with Citizen Schools. Aside from teaching the students how to operate a camera, make scripts, and create storyboards I facilitated discussions about films on subjects such as education, race, equality, and justice. For two years in a row I’ve been the Technical Director for a Day of the Dead Play for San Francisco State University. I was hired at KPIX the CBS news affiliate in San Francisco while still in college as a Video News Editor after interning for one semester. Shortly after I became the recipient of the Rigo Chacon Reporting Scholarship of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. I’ve volunteered at P.O.W.E.R a nonprofit in San Francisco that seeks equality in domestic and employment issues for the underrepresented. I’m currently volunteering at BAYCAT a nonprofit that educates, empowers and employs underserved youth and adults in the digital media arts.

In 2014 I obtained a 9 month internship at NASA Ames Research Center as a Fabricator and was hired on as a full time Metal Fabricator 3 months into my internship. In 2015 I obtained an Associates from Laney College in Machine Technology as well as certificates from the National Institute of Metal Working Skills. In 2016 I was awarded an honor award,  “Employee of the Year” at NASA Ames Research center for my work and contributions to the organization.

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