Yvonne is a rising third year majoring in Political Science and pursuing a minor in Conservation and Resource Studies. Through participating in speech and debate tournaments and working closely with the Migrant Education Program for many years, Yvonne developed a great interest for politics and the type of analysis involved in many processes of the legal system.
Yvonne was raised in a small ranch in the Salinas Valley, this has allowed for first hand experience in environmental health problems, effects of immigration policies, and diverse educational programs. Yvonne has been working with the Berkeley Pre-College TRIO Programs for two years, the Residential Sustainability Program at UC Berkeley, Earth Island Institute’s International Marine Mammal Project, and Yvonne is the president of the UC Berkeley SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology, Education, Diversity, and Sustainability) chapter. As Yvonne got involved working and learning about social and environmental issues alongside the legislations, she realized the need for advocacy and deep legislative analysis. Last summer, Yvonne was a Cal-in-Sacramento Fellow, she interned at the capitol office for Assemblymember Rudy Salas. This summer Yvonne hopes to expand her experience and gain a lot of insight working with and for her community in Salinas at Assemblymember Anna Caballero’s district office.