Our Staff

Maria Brenes Maria Brenes
Executive Director

Maria Brenes, Executive Director, earned her Master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has worked with InnerCity Struggle since 2002. Maria began her involvement in community organizing as a high school student growing up along the U.S./Mexico border with immigration issues and continued as a student activist at UC Berkeley on Affirmative Action and Et...

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Henry Perez Ext:107 Henry Perez Ext:107
Associate Director

Henry Perez, Associate Director, earned his Master's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles' Graduate School of Education and Information Studies where as a student activist he worked to recruit undergraduate students of color. Henry also worked as a community organizer in West Los Angeles where he organized residents to be involved in shaping policy around com...

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Maryann Aguirre Ext:104 Maryann Aguirre Ext:104
Administrative Associate

Maryann Aguirre, Administrative Associate, is a Lincoln High School graduate class of 2008 and a former United Students member. As a United Students member, Maryann was a spokesperson for the organization and as a student interned with the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Currently, Maryann supports the Human Resources and Accounting Departments. Maryann is resident of Boy...

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Roberto Bustillo Ext:115 Roberto Bustillo Ext:115
Parent Organizer

Roberto possess more than 20 years of experience in community organizing, popular education, literacy in Spanish, outreach work and training. While working for Strategic Action for Just Economy (SAJE), he was part of team that organized and mobilized close to 150 tenants to combat slum housing generated by a powerful slumlords in Los Angeles County who owned 237 properties. H...

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Esthefanie Solano Ext:121 Esthefanie Solano Ext:121
United Students Site Organizer

Esthefanie Solano, United Students Site Organizer, she is a former United students member and an Alumna for the School of Law and Government at Roosevelt High School . Raised in Boyle Heights, Esthefanie confronted systemic obstacles, but she remained driven by the belief that education is not a 'privilege,' but a 'right.' As part of United Students, Esthefanie, along with her ...

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Blanca Dueñas Ext:116 Blanca Dueñas Ext:116
Parent Organizer Volunteer

Blanca Dueñas, Parent Organizer Volunteer, is a former member of Familias Unidas in Boyle Heights. She has extensive experience in education organizing including leading a campaign that mobilized parents to demand a new high school to relieve overcrowding at Roosevelt High School. Her daughters now attend the new high school: Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez Learning Center. She c...

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Irene Rocha Ext:118 Irene Rocha Ext:118
Youth Organizing Coordinator

Irene Rocha, Youth Organizing Coordinator, is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chicana/o Studies and minors in Education and Labor & Workplace Studies. While at UCLA, she focused on mentoring high school youth and facilitating college access & political education workshops. She was raised in Huntington Park and is curre...

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Waldo Gonzalez Ext:108 Waldo Gonzalez Ext:108
Events Coordinator

Waldo Gonzalez was born in the city of Bellflower, CA but was raised and currently resides in unincorporated South Whittier. He graduated from Pioneer High School and went on to complete his undergraduate studies at Cal State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Waldo majored in Psychology and Chicana/o Latina/o Studies while also completing a minor in Philosophy. While attending c...

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Daniela Hernandez Ext:138 Daniela Hernandez Ext:138
Academic Services Coordinator

Daniela Hernández, Academic Services Coordinator, is a graduate of Scripps College, one of the five Claremont Colleges. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) and a minor in Spanish. While at Scripps she dedicated her free time to providing high school students with academic support and college mentorship. On campus, she was involv...

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Brigette Plascencia Ext. 101
Office Manager

Brigette Plascencia, Office Manager, was born and raised in Lincoln Heights where she attended Lincoln High School and is a class of 2003 graduate. She is currently attending Mount ST. Mary's College where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Brigette is a former Project Assistant for a non-profit organization with five years experience in collaborating with...

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