Laura Baeza is a Chula Vista native but spent most of her childhood living in Tijuana, Mexico and was a cross-border student. She attended San Diego City College in 2011 and participated in BEAT ( Bringing Education and Activism Together) at SDCC, a student-led social justice club, and this is where her passion and activism for social and economic justice began. While at City, Laura interned with the AFT and worked on campaigns, their student workers’ rights center and organized teachers on campus. In the summer of 2014, she was part of the Students for Economic Justice internship with CPI, in which she organized fast-food workers around San Diego in the fight for $15. In the summer of 2015 Laura finished at City and moved to Portland, Oregon to start her internship with the Harvard Trade Union Program and AFSCME in which she worked with Multnomah County Workers and handled grievances, organized and worked on their contract. Soon after, Laura transferred to UCLA. While at UCLA, she continued to work at ASFCME’s LA local and spent a summer in Washington D.C. with them doing Policy and Research for the union. Laura, earned her B.S. in Political Science in the summer of 2017 and came back home to San Diego and started organizing homecare providers with UDW. Shortly after, she organized community members in Chula Vista with ACCE. Laura has been organizing youth here in City Heights since 2017 and focuses on educating youth on various issues so they build understanding and power to advocate for necessary and positive change in their community. On her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with loved ones and doing Pilates. She hopes to build youth power and bring social and economic justice to those who are most in need and to bring positive change to her community.