Ana Maria was born and raised in Mexico City until the age of 10. In 1998, she and her family migrated to Greenville, TX where her family still resides. She served 2 consecutive years in AmeriCorps NCCC as a Team Leader where she led various AmeriCorps teams in projects including rebuilding efforts post-Hurricane Katrina and environmental conservation efforts in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. After her service in NCCC, Ana Maria completed a B.A. in International Relations at Austin College in Sherman, TX. During her time at Austin College, she conducted ethnographic research with the Universidad Autónoma de Queretaro focusing on migrant workers’ experiences who returned to Mexico after an extended period in the United States. Her passion and interest in immigration issues led her to complete programs in Comparative International Law and Policy in Washington D.C. at George Mason University and American University. In D.C. Ana Maria focused on Latinx issues while working with the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute and the Latinx political consulting firm, Solidarity Strategies. Ana Maria now works for RAICES, an immigration legal advocacy non-profit, leading the efforts in Legislative Affairs from the local to the national level.