Monica Martinez was born in Chula Vista California and raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She attended school in Tijuana up to Highschool and continued her education in San Diego, California. She worked in retail during her college years and started a career in Banking at age 20. During her fourteen-year banking career, Monica was exposed to the community and the impact that corporations have on furthering the mission of different nonprofit organizations. This matched Monica’s values, and her experience in living in a border town made her seek a change in careers to apply the skills learned throughout her career to further the mission of the Chicano Federation as the Director of Operations. Currently, Monica is attending Cal State San Marcos to obtain a Sociology degree. In her free time Monica enjoys time with her family, friends and fiancé planning her upcoming wedding.
Alina has served SoCal community-based organizations over the past 9 years, advocating on behalf of historically resilient communities including women and youth and survivors of trauma, chronic illness, and sexual violence.
Alina received her B.A. in Education with an emphasis in Linguistics from Cal State San Marcos, and she is currently obtaining her M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at California Baptist University. Alina has experience in Resource Development, Marketing and Communications, and Non-Profit Administration and Operations, having served several non-profit agencies in both North San Diego and Riverside Counties including several Boys & Girls Clubs, the Anti-Bullying Institute, and the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center where she most recently served as Operations Manager. She currently resides in Temecula with her husband Vince and enjoys going to yoga therapy and listening to podcasts about mental health, leadership, and emotional intelligence.