Regina (she/her/ella) is a Miami-born, feminist Latina. Her mother is a teacher who nurtured into her the importance of servant leadership and capacity building. Her father is a soccer coach who taught her that intensity creates opportunity and nothing feels better than winning against the odds. Regina attended college in Washington, DC where she received an informal education on code switching in predominantly White institutions, power mapping to understand why some “networks” had more leverage than others and how to coalition-build to hold institutions accountable.
Having held elected office as a college student, she hopes to inspire others who want to make a difference to not wait for an invitation- to just do it. Regina has focused her time and energy on diversifying pipelines to power by lowering barriers to entry for people that want to engage in the democratic process. For her, this looks like leveraging fundraising and key stakeholders to build political capital for those who have been systematically marginalized by the status quo.
Recently, Regina has joined Pay Our Interns where she will lead the organization’s Development & External Relations strategies in order to ensure everyone has equitable access to paid opportunities to professional career paths. She believes that investing in people is the most sustainable way to diversify pipelines across all industries and to change gatekeeping cultures into ones that value stewardship.
Previously, she worked to elect pro-choice Democratic women up and down the ballot including former Congressmember Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Candace Valenzuela. She also served as a State & Local Campaigns Coordinator at EMILY’s List and as a Senior Associate at the Conrad Group where she worked with various Members of Congress to meet their fundraising and political giving goals.
Regina is a graduate of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and American University. She is an Advisor for Blue Future which invests in progressive youth organizers by connecting them to electoral campaigns. Through her work with Running Start, she has flown across the country to motivate, train and recruit young women leaders to run for office. She’s a big fan of cafecito, hyping her friends up and anything involving Brené Brown.