Barbara K. Strickland
Barbara K. Strickland was born in Hopewell, Virginia, a small city near the state capital in Richmond. Neither of her parents had graduated from high school. Barbara’s family moved frequently while she was growing up. In addition to Virginia, she lived in Oklahoma, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, finally coming to Long Beach California when she was a senior in high school.
Maricela Amezola is a native Californian. She was born in Santa Ana, California and was raised by migrant working parents. She is fluent in Spanish. She obtained her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law where she graduated Cum Laude.
Amy B. Quimby
Amy B. Quimby is a native Pennsylvanian but has lived in California for more than ten years. She was born in Wellsville, New York and was raised on a family dairy farm in rural northern Pennsylvania. She obtained her law degree from Widener University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude.
Adela Mason is a native San Diegan who grew up spending summers in Michoacan, Mexico, where her family is from. She is a fluent Spanish speaker. Adela obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she double majored in Global Studies and Spanish.
Lidia Pantoja was born in Tijuana B.C. Mexico. She obtained a degree in Business Administration from the Technological Institute of Tijuana. She immigrated to the United States in 1993. She was naturalized in May 2000. She began working in the United States in 1998 with a law firm where she remained for 10 years.
Daisy A. Suarez
Daisy A. Suarez was born and raised in San Diego California. She is the middle child of 5 children. Daisy Graduated from Herbert Hoover High in San Diego. When she graduated she took a year off from school. Later, she returned to school and studied at San Diego Mesa College.
Carina Jacobo was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She obtained her Bachelor Degree of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles. In 2014, she moved to San Diego, California to attend graduate school of Social Work.
Marcela Taylor was born in Michalovce, Slovakia. In 2007, she obtained her law degree from Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia. Spurred by her interest in the plight of refugees, she began volunteering for UNHCR in Prague in 2009.
Eric Barragan was born in Anaheim, California, and he is the oldest of three siblings. At the age of 9 he and his family relocated to Guadalajara, Jalisco where he attended elementary school, middle school and high school.
Francisco Barragan moved to the United States at the age of 14. He was born in Michoacán, Mexico but was raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Upon his arrival, he started junior high school and had to learn the English language.
Julio Salinas was born in Bakersfield, California and later moved to San Diego California at the age of 3. Julio graduated from Hoover High School in San Diego. During his time at Hoover High School he was the Graphics Design Editor for his award winning graduating class yearbook.
Mariela Saldana was born in Oceanside,CA but has lived in Escondido, CA all her life and is the oldest of three. She recently graduated from the University of California San Diego with a B.S. in International Relations and Political Science.