Barbie (they/them/elle) is a trans-non-binary fat, queer, immigrant from Monterrey Mexico, raised in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to joining Groundswell Fund as the Capacity Building Trainer, Barbie was the Organizing and Training Manager at Planned Parenthood Texas Votes the statewide advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood in Texas that engages supporters of reproductive health to fight to protect and expand access to safe & legal abortions as well as preventative and reproductive healthcare.
Barbie brings their experience working in political and issued-based campaigns, grassroots organizing, voter engagement, advocacy, coalition building, developing training curriculum, and artivism. Barbie is the volunteer national recruitment co-coordinator for Mijente, a political casita (home) for latinx/chicanx folx who seek racial, economic, gender, and climate justice in the US & Puerto Rico.
Cultural organizing and artivism with a reproductive justice framework while bringing art to their community is something Barbie is very passionate about, they believe that an important part of grassroots organizing is art and artivism. In 2017 Barbie co-founded Son Queers, a collective of queer, trans & non-binary musicians that share, teach and play traditional son jarocho music in a safe inclusive environment with the mission of healing through art and music and resisting the hetero-patriarchal-normativity that is prevalent in the son jarocho culture. Barbie is also a founding member of Los MENtirosos San Antonio’s premiere all Latinx drag king troupe.
Barbie recently joined the Star The Wave volunteer team focusing on community building, holding space, creating connections and meaningful relationships, and in turn raising the vibrations for this beautiful thriving community of positive change-makers.