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Maria Ortega

Lead Organizer

As lead organizer, Maria oversees the organizing work in Fresno and plays a key role in advancing educational justice in the local schools. Maria first became involved with CFJ as a high school student where she helped establish the Edison High School chapter and has been organizing ever since. Most recently, Maria was the Graduate Coordinator for the First Generation and Low-Income Student Center at Brown University where she supported both undergraduate and graduate programming aimed at strengthening and bringing awareness to the needs of the first-gen and low-income student population. The passion to ensure every student, regardless of race, gender identity, or citizenship status, has access to a superior education is what drives her to do this work. Maria holds two bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Political Science and a master’s degree in Sociology from Brown University. In her free time Maria enjoys traveling, DIY projects, and learning new recipes she will never actually get around to cooking.

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