Marilyn was born and raised in sunny Long Beach, Calif., along with her four siblings. As a child of immigrants, she has always had a collective mindset and desire to serve her community. Because of her parent’s lack of resources growing up- they constantly emphasized education as a way to succeed in life. After graduating from UCI with a double major in Business Economics and Sociology, she continued to work with families and children in the nonprofit sector. She acquired experience via working in: a foster home for teenage girls, as a Youth and Mentor Program Coordinator in Dove Springs (78744), and Program Manager for an Early Childhood Team in Travis county. She has had the same mentee for over two years now, and it brings her joy to guide her. She is truly grateful and excited to work towards a mission that embodies her passion.