Ana Laura Martínez was raised in Tijuana and San Diego. Coming from a working-class and immigrant household, she grew up aware of many forms of injustice that her family and community experienced. While a student at UC San Diego, she was involved in organizing for educational equity, immigration rights, labor, and anti-racist campus measures. She received her undergraduate degrees in Ethnic Studies and History from UCSD and is working on her Master’s degree in Latin American Studies. As a student, Ana Laura organized with SEIU-Good Jobs L.A. through the UCLA Labor Center, AFSCME 3299, and UAW 2865. She also worked at UCSD as a teaching assistant, grounding her teaching philosophy on critical thinking, empowering students to read the world differently, and inciting commitment to social justice outside of the classroom. At CPI, she manages leadership development programs including Students for Economic Justice (SEJ) and the Boards & Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI).