Growing up in Moreno Valley in a working class latinx family led Ivette to the University of California of Santa Cruz(UCSC) to learn more about the science behind the environmental issues happening in the Inland Empire. At UCSC, Ivette worked on advocacy and policy work through various student organizations that advocated for a UC divestment in fossil fuels, intersectional frameworks on environmental issues, and better community and university relationships with the indigenous community of the Amah Mutsun Tribe.
Their journey led them back home to the Inland Empire, where they are currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science at the University of California of Riverside (UCR), which they will be finishing in June 2020. At UCR, Ivette is advocating for better university and community relationships pertaining to environmental justice. As a research and policy analyst, Ivette hopes to combine their science, policy, and community passion to advocate for the Inland Empire. In their free time Ivette loves repping the IE, hiking, practicing their photography, and spending time with their family.