Mayra Yoana Jaimes Peña
Mayra Yoana Jaimes Peña is a native of Guerrero, Mexico, and East Los Angeles. In 2006, the Sensenbrenner Act (HR4437) inspired Mayra’s political engagement, leading her to co-organize her high school’s walk out and later participating in the mass protest in the streets of Downtown LA. These pivotal moments inspired Mayra to continue organizing and advocating for immigrant communities.
With over ten years of experience working with grassroots and nonprofit organizations in the Los Angeles and Bay Area. She combines her life experience as an immigrant and her professional experience with management, research, and program development to create tailored leadership and professional development programs for immigrant professionals. Mayra weaves healing-justice and collaborative leadership practices into her profession as a strategy to build collective power and uplift immigrant narratives. She is currently the program coordinator of the DreamSF Fellowship Program, a leadership and professional development initiative for immigrant youth in the San Francisco/Bay Area.
Mayra Yoana is an alumnus of Pasadena City College and California State University, Los Angeles, where she received her B.A in History. When she is not in her role as an advocate, Mayra brings happiness into her life by laughing, eating, and traveling.