Angelina is unapologetically, purposefully Chicana, with indigenous roots in what is now known as Northern Mexico. Born and raised in San Jose, she considers the South Side to be her home. As the daughter of a single mother and a father who was incarcerated for most of her life, Angelina is a proud “make it happen”, warrior type of woman –just like her mother and her mother’s mother.
She is a former foster youth who now actively advocates for other youth who have been, and are currently, in the foster system.
In addition to her journey towards becoming an attorney, Angelina is the founder of a non-profit that centers culturally based healing practices, with an emphasis on lived experience and mentorship. She has held the role of organizer in her community for over 10 years, and continues to serve as co-chair for the San Jose Brown Berets, and as member of Calpulli Tonalehqueh and the Red Earth Women’s Society.
In her own words, “I am committed to stop living in survival mode, and doing everything I can to break generational cycles so future generations can thrive. In my community, with mi gente, is where my heart will forever live.”