Grassroots Leadership has been honored to welcome Maria Reza to our team this spring as our digital organizer and communications coordinator.
Maria Reza (she/her/ella) is originally from Mexico, and moved to the United States at the age of 10 with her mother and sister in search of a better life and opportunities. During her time at the University of Texas at Austin, she became involved with University Leadership Initiative, an undocumented youth-led organization that advocates for the liberation of undocumented immigrants in the United States. She has been organizing ever since, having worked with organizations such as United We Dream, United Students Against Sweatshops, the UCLA Labor Center, the Texas AFL-CIO, and more.
She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 with degree in Rhetoric and Writing, a feat she would not have been able to do without the support of her family and friends. She understands the power her communities wield, and she strives to uplift and empower the voices of those directly impacted as well as pushing for the liberation and self-determination of her communities. As the Digital Organizer at Grassroots Leadership, she aims to uplift narratives created by directly impacted communities in order to achieve meaningful and restorative change. Maria is also a writer who enjoys hiking, reading, singing, watching movies, and cooking (as well as eating) delicious food.
Maria was recently awarded a prestigious Reframe Mentorship to develop her skills as one of the nation’s up-and-coming progressive communicators.