Gender Pronouns: She/Ella
Born and raised in Boyle Heights, Kimberly Ortega is a proud daughter of working-class Mexican immigrants. As a graduate of the youth program at InnerCity Struggle and alumna of MSTMA at Roosevelt High School, she developed a passion for human rights, education, gender, economic, and social justice.
In May 2020, Kimberly earned a B.A. in American Studies (concentration in Race and Ethnicity) and Government as a first-generation college graduate. As a Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality intern in college, she hosted “The Self Sessions,” a podcast that provided a space for students of color to engage in conversations about reconnecting with the self through healing, mindfulness, and spirituality. Her personal experiences with systemic barriers and trauma have deepened her motivations to organize for collective joy, healing, and restorative justice.
As a Communication Assistant, she will be using her skills to lead earned media strategy, support transformative campaigns, and raise social and political consciousness in the neighborhood she grew up in. During her free time, she enjoys meditating, writing, baking, and spending time in nature.