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CHCI-Coca-Cola Foundation Intern
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
School: University of California, Riverside
Majors: Public Policy and Education
Placement: The Office of Rep. Mark Takano

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Milly is the proud daughter of two undocumented Mexican immigrant entrepreneurs. She identifies as a first-generation American of Mexican descent who is passionate about serving the immigrant and Latinx community through advocacy and research.

She received her undergraduate education at the University of California, Riverside with a double major in Public Policy and Education and a minor in Chicano/a Studies where she graduated Cum Laude. Throughout her undergraduate career, Milly has provided mentorship to first-generation college students from low-income backgrounds like herself as she lives by her parents’ motto “learning inspires freedom tomorrow”. Most recently, she worked at Alianza UCMX assisting the director with strategic alliances on education and career initiatives for the UC campus and its counterparts in Mexico. In addition, she was a student intern for UCR’s Robert Presley Center of Crime and Justice Studies where she conducted a large-scale literature review on the juvenile justice system for the center’s article and data compendia. Milly believes that through research-based policy implementation and advocacy, communities of color will be better served and represented by those in public office.

As a CHCI Intern, Milly hopes to gain first-hand experience in the policy industry and strengthen her skills and knowledge of the legislative process as her ultimate goal is to work within an agency in local government to serve and meet the needs of marginalized and underserved communities in a socially, environmentally, and economically responsible way that will enhance their quality of life.