Maria Brenes, Executive Director

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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 Ethnic Studies issues. She also worked as a youth organizer for six years developing the leadership of multiracial youth to improve the quality of education in Oakland schools. Her expertise includes campaign development, successfully implementing grassroots fundraising strategies, coordinating organizational strategic planning processes and coalition building. Maria has developed strong relationships with local school and city elected officials and key labor leaders in the Eastside and greater Los Angeles area.