Adriana Barboza is Director of Movement Building for Wellstone. She has over 16 years experience in community organizing, training, and providing technical support to groups on the ground working on electoral efforts and in the democracy field. She has a long history working with Wellstone in various roles over the past 12 years. Most recently as a Senior Principal, Adriana has focused on providing technical assistance to the frontline groups engaged in fighting for judicial independence, working to expand democracy and protect voting rights, as well as groups engaged in democracy issues like redistricting and money in politics. She has also played a key role in designing and delivering key partnership-based training and technical assistance programs for leading civic engagement organizations and coalitions.
Adriana has led our efforts in developing and shaping Wellstone’s Democracy work. In the fair courts field, she has worked with national partners as well as local organizations and state-based coalitions in Oregon, New Mexico, Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, Iowa, West Virginia, and Florida. Through this judicial independence work, she has supported organizations on the ground to develop long-term strategic plans, strengthen diverse state-based coalitions, and provide strategic support and training to execute plans. In addition, she has worked with leading civic engagement organizations and coalitions to deliver statewide electoral, issue, and organizational victories in states like Michigan, Louisiana, and Florida, among others. She has also supported partners in developing 501c4 organizations to augment their political power and increase their impact in the state. As an attorney, but organizer first, Adriana uses her expertise in both fields to create a bridge between the legal community (which is often times at the forefront of democracy work) and grassroots organizations that are deeply impacted by the influence of money in the courts and in politics in general. Adriana is deeply passionate about democratizing knowledge and building a bridge between the legal community and organizers.
Adriana was born in Jalisco, Mexico and grew up on the South Side of Chicago. She is fluent in Spanish. She began organizing while a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and obtained her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. While at DePaul, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the DePaul Journal for Social Justice. Adriana is currently a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Hispanic National Bar Association. When she is not on the road, she loves plan her next vacation and spend quality time with her fashionable and photogenic dog Pikete.