Community Organizer, First 5 Contra Costa
Cecilia Perez-Mejia is an immigrant who moved to the U.S. at 13 years old. She has been a Community Organizer with First 5 Contra Costa for the past three years. She currently organizes with a team of four other amazing women of color by partnering with underrepresented parent leaders across Contra Costa to fight for just and equitable communities. Cecilia’s organizing work focuses on building power for policy change to promote racial and immigrant justice, access to public space, affordable housing, tenant protections and equitable representation. Cecilia has the privilege of working with low-income families of color and immigrants to build community leadership and campaigns for healthier, safer, and more equitable communities. Cecilia graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Latinx Studies. After working as a drug and alcohol youth counselor for two years and following a path towards becoming a probation officer, she realized she did not wanted to be part of a system that was built to disproportionately criminalize people of color. Instead, Cecilia switched her career path to working towards dismantling the system. Cecilia is the middle child of 10 siblings and the first to obtain a college degree. She is also a mother and ready to continue advancing her career as a community organizer and advocate. Cecilia plans to pursue a masters’ degree in public health and continue fighting for equitable communities and policy change.