Yesenia was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. She developed her passion for education through her personal experience with the education system. Receiving a higher education often seemed like a distant dream. Yesenia is a first-generation Latina, who wants to help other children with similar experiences receive the education they deserve. She attended Portland State University and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Human Resources, Management, and Leadership, and a minor in Child and Family Studies. She worked as the Business Services HR Coordinator at PSU’s Campus Recreation Center and served the university through multiple positions that were founded on the growth and development of diverse students, as well as elevating the voices of marginalized groups. Yesenia is proud to be working for an organization that is the voice for marginalized children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and doing outdoor activities.