Joanna Garzes Lopez is an Indiana Organizer who works with Stand for Children to focus on ensuring all students receive a high quality, relevant education, especially those whose boundless potential is overlooked and under-tapped because of their skin color, zip code, first language, or disability.
Joanna is first generation in her family to graduate college. Joanna graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and hopes to apply for law school to become an immigration lawyer. Coming from an undocumented family, Joanna understands the struggles and fears that come from being undocumented and hopes to help create access to education for everyone, despite the barriers in place. Joanna’s passion for immigrant rights motivated her to start multiple groups, clubs, and a grassroots organization that stand up and support immigrant rights.
Joanna believes education is the key to empowerment and strives for all people, including undocumented people to have access to that empowerment.
Joanna has over 15 years working with the Latinx community around employment, education, homelessness, and immigrant rights. Joanna also has over 8 years working in the non-profit field doing direct services, advocacy, program development, and equity education.