Lorena’s lived experiences as a proud first-generation Chicana from Compton, CA, and the first in her family to earn an undergraduate degree shaped her trajectory into serving communities hardest hit by economic and racial injustice.
Lorena brings over a decade of experience serving national, multi-regional growing systems-change organizations and building and strengthening organizational back-end systems and infrastructure. As an undergrad, she volunteered with various day laborer programs, leading to a 9-year tenure at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network as the Director of Administration. Prior to joining Groundswell Fund, Lorena was the Development Director at Jobs to Move. While at JMA, Lorena helped drive JMA’s fundraising strategies that catalyzed JMA’s growth – nearly doubling the organization’s operating budget and staff size. As Executive Assistant at Groundswell, she is excited to make the transition to philanthropy and apply her skills in operations and development to bring more resources to a broader constellation of women of color-led organizations.
Lorena lives in Hyde Park, Los Angeles with her husband Mundo. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband (before COVID!), trying as many new coffee shops as possible, weightlifting, and trying to keep all her houseplants alive. Lorena holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in Sociology with a double minor in Chicana/o Studies and Labor and Workplace Studies.