Aurea Montes-Rodriguez is the Executive Vice President at Community Coalition, a social justice non-profit based in South Los Angeles. Born in Mexico but raised in South LA, Aurea has been a key leader in ensuring unity with the black and brown community around shared concerns such as the economy, child welfare, law enforcement issues and education.
She has worked at Community Coalition for over 20 years, where she has been responsible for building the organization’s youth programs to fight for educational equity, leading efforts to keep children in family care and out of the foster care system, helping to build organizing capacity in South Los Angeles, and leading a capital campaign to transform the organization’s headquarters in to a state of the art community hub for community organizing.
Aurea is a co-founder of Partners for Children South LA, a multiagency initiative that seeks to improve children’s development and reduce the risk of involvement with the child welfare system. She is an ex-officio Board Member with InnerCity Struggle, and a member of the Building Movement Project working to build capacity within the non-profit sector to promote social justice at the national level.
Aurea attended UCLA, earning Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and Spanish Literature and a Master’s in Social Welfare.
Fun Fact: Aurea is a yogi, and loves to enjoy the beach with her husband and children, Diego, Maya Nayeli, and Joaquin.