Maria Reza is proud to come from a family of teachers and powerful women that taught her to never be afraid of her voice. Born in Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico, she moved to the United States at the age of 10 with her mother and sister in search of a better life and better opportunities. During her time at the University of Texas at Austin, she became involved with University Leadership Initiative, an undocumented youth-led organization that advocates for the liberation of undocumented immigrants in the United States. She has been organizing ever since, having worked with organizations such as United We Dream, United Students Against Sweatshops, the UCLA Labor Center, the Texas AFL-CIO, Catholic Charities, and more. She understands the power her communities wield, and she strives to uplift and empower the voices of those directly impacted as well as pushing for the liberation and self-determination of her communities. She now works as a Digital Organizer at Grassroots Leadership, an organization that advocates for a society that rejects mass incarceration and deportation. She plans to continue to uplift narratives created by directly impacted communities in order to achieve meaningful and restorative change. Maria is also a writer who enjoys reading, singing, watching movies, and cooking (as well as eating) delicious food.