Jessica Melendez

Jessica was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. Inspired by hearing her father’s experiences growing up in South Central as an immigrant during the crack-cocaine epidemic, she decided to pursue a higher education and dismantle the systems of oppression that impacted the people she grew up around. She went on to attend the University of San Francisco where she majored in Politics and minored in Chican@ Studies and Criminal Justice. It was in San Francisco that she began her organizing work by reintroducing MEChA de USF and launching a campaign to challenge the university on their diversity retention efforts. Passionate about South Central, she decided to head back to Los Angeles to share her knowledge and help empower youth to transform South Central and dismantle those systems that keep her community from progress.
Fun Fact: Jessica always wanted to be a mariachi singer when she was younger.