Community Organizer, Lead, San Francisco
650.562.6200 ext. 155
Belen brings 14 years of experience to the fields of community organizing and secondary education. Belén was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. She began her involvement in social justice work creating documentary videos about networks of sustainable, organic farm workers and indigenous communities while at the ITESO University, where she earned a BA in Communication Science.
Belen worked as a community organizer in Berkeley, California for seven years. There, she organized around issues of immigration, health care, community safety, and educational success for students of color, while building grassroots leadership to enhance the quality of community life. Belen led efforts to end car impoundments of unlicensed drivers, which resulted in the City of Berkeley passing an ordinance that became a state model. Additionally, Belen worked in collaboration with the Office of the Mayor and with youth of different socio-economic backgrounds on a campaign to decrease youth violence.
Belen is a founding member of the first charter school in Berkeley. She organized in the disadvantaged neighborhoods of Berkeley to bring REALM Charter School to the community. After the school was successfully inaugurated, Belen became the Parent Liaison and English Learner Coordinator at the charter school. She encouraged family engagement, leadership, and advocacy while also developing and managing the English Learners Advisory Committee. Belen brings her passion for empowering communities to her work every day.