Lupe was born and raised in Southern California. She is the daughter of incredible Mexican immigrants. Lupe learned early on the value of hard work and the privilege she held having the status of an American citizen. Lupe’s childhood was surrounded by volunteering events her parents organized and funded out of their home and church. Witnessing firsthand the power of giving back to others in need shaped Lupe’s personal life and career aspirations. The never-ending encouragement Lupe received from her parents to pursue higher education allowed her to graduate from the University of California, Irvine. Lupe was given the opportunity to intern for the American Federation of Teachers and was immersed into local politics. As an intern, Lupe was able to fight for her Mother, a minimum-wage full time worker in Los Angeles County. This opportunity led Lupe to earn her degree in Political Science. Lupe continued her career aspirations working with local non-profits throughout Southern California. Lupe has experience working in title 1 schools and immigrant communities in the San Ysidro/Tijuana border. Lupe continued her goal of working with at risk youth and families in Austin through Early Childhood Intervention. Lupe hopes to continue her passion for helping at risk youth by being an advocate and nurturing their own goals in life.