Cecilia Sáenz Becerra is a Mexican immigrant raised in Phoenix, AZ by working-class parents, queer, bilingual, Chicana, and ¡desmadroza! She brings more than a decade of experience from labor organizing, civic engagement, grassroots organizing, coalitions, and campaigns working on issues including immigration, education, economic and reproductive justice. At Groundswell Fund, Cecilia supports grassroots organizing through grantmaking to organizations led by communities most impacted – women of color, low-income women, and transgender people.
Prior to joining Groundswell Fund, Cecilia was the National Lead Organizer for the Fair Workweek Initiative at the Center for Popular Democracy developing the leadership and base of working people by supporting partner organizations in their digital and community-based field programs. Previously, she spent four years with the National Women’s Health Network as the Regional Field Manager for Raising Women’s Voices (RWV), centering the voices of women, women of color, low-income women, and members of the LGBTQ community in the implementation and post-election defense of the Affordable Care Act. Before migrating to Atlanta, Cecilia co-founded Repeal Coalition, a grassroots group of undocumented women and their families fighting against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, unjust immigration policies, and the poli-migra who to this day continue to tear families apart.
Cecilia has sharpened her intersectional values and practice by extending a reproductive and language justice frame to a variety of issues affecting LGBTQ people, immigrants, and Black people in the South. She currently serves on the board of directors of Access Reproductive Care – Southeast. Cecilia has a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University.