Cecilia Sáenz Becerra is a Mexican immigrant raised in the Sonoran Desert by working-class parents, queer, bilingual in English, Spanish+, Chicanx, and ¡desmadroza! Cecilia brings 15+ years of experience in grassroots community organizing, advocacy, policy, civic engagement, coalition, and campaign work at various intersections of economic, gender, race, and the abolition of unjust laws and policies. At Groundswell Fund, Cecilia supports grassroots organizing through grantmaking via the Liberation Fund and Special Projects.
Prior to joining Groundswell Fund, Cecilia was part of the Fair Workweek Initiative at the Center for Popular Democracy, Raising Women’s Voices (RWV), 2020 Georgia, and various other Southern projects. 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.
Since migrating to Atlanta in 2010, Cecilia has sharpened her intersectional values and practice by extending a reproductive and language justice frame to a variety of issues impacting the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and Black people in the South. Cecilia serves on the board of directors of Trans Housing Coalition and is co-founder of Somos Sur Language Justice Crew. Cecilia is the first generation in her family to have a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University.