Alma moved to California when she was twelve years old. In 2008 she graduated from high school, then received her BA in Political Science and her BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in oil painting, from Sonoma State University in 2013. After graduation, Alma began working with 10,000 Degrees, a non-profit organization helping first generation and low-income students apply, attend, and graduate from college. She saw the discrepancy and inequity created by, often unintentional, institutional barriers that sometimes prevent students from continuing their education. In order to address this issue, she decided to further pursue her education and received her Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in May 2018. She now plans to continue advocating for the rights of undocumented individuals by sharing her story and working directly to empower undocumented, mixed status, and other students at Santa Rosa Junior College affected by the current political climate and harsh rhetoric surrounding the immigrant story. In her free time, Alma hikes across Sonoma County; getting to know our Regional and National Parks.