Rocio Fierro-Pérez was born in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico and grew up in the bi-national, bi-cultural border town of El Paso, Texas. As a proud fronteriza, she has been a relentless advocate for progressive issues throughout the Ciudad Juarez and El Paso border, Texas, and the United States over the past six years. A proud alumni of El Paso Community College, she graduated with a certification in American Sign Language and Associate of Arts. Rocio was elected as Student Body President for two consecutive years where she advocated for and represented 30,000 students across five campuses. She and her administration worked to create a Student Food Pantry, a Student Union, and Safe Zones. As a member of Institutional Effectiveness and Chair of the Tuition and Fees Committee, she fought to prioritize the student voice, inclusion, and equity. She went on to graduate from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Communication and Women Studies. As Student Government Senate Majority Leader and Attorney General, her personal and professional mission was to increase overall civic engagement through voter mobilization. As a student, Rocio volunteered with progressive grassroots organizations such as Voto Latino and Texas Rising, and interned with Senator Jose Rodriguez. As an intern, she worked on the Student Voter Initiative, recommended legislative changes, and spearheaded a youth lead forum that addressed gun control on campus. In 2018, Rocio led the El Paso team as the Regional Coordinator for Spread The Vote, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that helps the community empower themselves to be heard at the polls: with ID’s, registration, and education. Currently, Rocio is the El Paso Field Manager for Texas Rising - a project of the Texas Freedom Network - that is building the power of young people of color in a multi-issue, intersectional, social justice framework. She continues to meet with state and local legislators about immigration, LGBTQ+ equality, criminal justice reform, voting rights, reproductive rights, health, and justice. As a Mexican-American, immigrant, queer, woman, first generation college graduate, she understands the need for intersectional activism and the power of young people. Every day she continues to advance a progressive movement that counters the harmful policies that have marginalized generation after generation. When she’s not organizing or protesting, Rocio is reading, cooking, exercising, re-watching Grey’s Anatomy with her twin sister, Rebeca, or spending time with her chihuahua, Lolita.
Texas Rising El Paso Field Manager, Texas Freedom Network, Texas Freedom Network