Paloma Cuautenango | Youth Organizer


Paloma Cuautenango grew up in Barrio Logan and saw firsthand the way that social identities intersect and can impact communities. Being the oldest of 3 kids in a single parent household influenced her passion for social justice and community advocacy.

Paloma graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a dual Bachelors of Arts in Community Studies and Fine Arts. During her time there she worked at the Student Diversity and Inclusion Program, delivered DEI training for adults and youth community organizers, and supported Reversal Films production of FRUITS OF LABOR. 

Paloma came back to San Diego in 2020 right at the start of the pandemic to give back to her community. She supported Youth Council with the passage of Measure B, a charter amendment charter amendment that establishes an independent community-led Commission on Police Practices (CPP) for the City of San Diego, and was a Team Lead under Mid-City CAN’s Civic Engagement Team, working with the County & City of San Diego to distribute rental assistance, COVID-19 and flu vaccines to low-income communities, and plan the first Snowy Wonderland event for 100+ attendees. Recently she worked for SanDiego350, an environmental justice nonprofit to create a just and sustainable future for all, through event planning, volunteer coordination, and leadership development. 

In her spare time Paloma likes to garden and dance Salsa y Bachata.