Raised in Los Angeles, Brenda loves and values family, including her extended Mexican familia. She received bachelor degrees in Sociology, Spanish, and Chicano Studies from Loyola Marymount University. She later graduated with a Masters Degree In Social Work from the University of Southern California. Brenda’s professional experience extends to field counseling, medical social work in a pediatric hospital, program management and various realms of non-profit work, clinical mental health settings and, more recently, school based counseling. Currently, Brenda is a contingent professor in the School of Social Work at New Mexico Highlands University. Her community involvement includes social justice advocacy and activism for the immigrant population and underserved inner-city youth in both Los Angeles and in Albuquerque. She is a driving force in implementing and realizing EPdE’s vision.