Cecilia E. Ruesta, Central Valley Program Coordinator. Cecilia is a passionate advocate of a variety of social issues such as gender equity, racial justice, mental health, and immigrant, queer, trans and non-binary rights. In the Women’s Studies program, she helped organized campus-wide campaigns to end gender discrimination, racism, and violence against womxn, non-binary folks, and children. She recently graduated with a Master’s in Family, Marriage, and Children counseling from California State University - Fresno. In her past two years as an IGNITE fellow, Cecilia engaged in a variety of events that she supported and organized with driven student leaders from campuses such as CSU - Fresno, UC Merced, and Fresno City College. She also built and fostered relationships with community leaders from the Central Valley in order to create spaces where womxn can share their stories, provide resources and tools to prepare young womxn to run for office and to empower the next generation of powerful leaders. In her role as IGNITE’s Central Valley Program Coordinator, Cecilia hopes to bring IGNITE into her community to continue to mobilize, motivate, and encourage womxn to strengthen their leadership skills and find their inner power. You can reach Cecilia at firstname.lastname@example.org.