Aurea Martinez was born in the beautiful state of Oaxaca, Mexico but immigrated to Southern California at the age of two with her mother. Growing up undocumented inspired her to fiercely advocate for herself and her community.
In college, as part of IDEAS, an undocumented student group, Aurea helped institutionalize resources for undocumented students on campus. She also sat on the board of the University of California Student Association and the United States Student Association recruiting and training students to lobby for the CA Affordability Act and the DREAM Act. After college, she worked at the Orange County Department of Education managing 8 school/community chapters with youth leadership development.
In 2014, luck or destiny led Aurea to participate in the inaugural Code for Progress (CFP) fellowship in Washington DC, introducing her to the world of technology. Following CFP, she returned to organizing with the Detention Watch Network, coordinating actions to demand an end to immigration detention.
Currently, Aurea is the Meetings Coordinator at the American Anthropological Association (AAA) where she provides logistical support and leads the Annual Meeting Mobile application. She is also working on co-producing a podcast celebrating and uniting Latinas in Technology called ComadresCODE.
Aurea earned her B.A. in Sociology and Latin American studies from the University of California Santa Barbara. She enjoys running and eating, preferably not in that order.