My Accomplishments

 

I arrived to the region in 2001 with nothing but a carry-on suitcase and $500 to my name. I am the first person in my family to graduate college, and have worked hard to create opportunities for myself. Here are some accomplishments I feel most proud of:

  • Saved the Border Wastewater Infrastructure Program, which has the capacity of reducing up to 80% of sewage spills in our region by working with Congressman Peters, Vargas, Senator Feinstein and a coalition of community advocates. It had been eliminated in 2017 by the Trump Administration.

  • Worked with Tijuana officials and passed a plastic bag ban in August 2018, the first of its kind in the border region, which will significantly reduce trash from impacting Imperial Beach.

  • Lead for Senator Cory Booker a coalition of 23 Senators calling to the Obama Administration for more inclusivity and diversity in the leadership and management of agencies under the Department of Interior, such as the National Marine Sanctuaries, U.S. Department of Forestry, National Park Service, and National Monuments, resulting in a Presidential Memorandum issued in 2016.

  • Drafted and passed the Marine Debris Reauthorization Act for Senator Cory Booker in 2016.

  • Selected as one of twelve 2016 NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Legislative Fellow from programs nationwide.

  • Named 2014 Woman of the Year by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher.

  • Helped prevent over 35,000 waste-tires from flowing back into the U.S. and impacting the environment and public health of Imperial Beach and adjacent communities.

  • Worked in partnership with the Tijuana River Action Network to prevent over 500,000 lbs. of trash from impacting Imperial Beach over the last 10 years through community cleanups I lead.

  • Stopped a massive spill of over 40 million-gallons of raw sewage in Playas de Tijuana that impacted Imperial Beach by exposing the break in the media and forcing agencies to shut it down in 2012.

  • Earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of San Diego while working two jobs and taking two trolleys and a bus to commute from Imperial Beach.

  • Earned a Masters of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.