Esmeralda Cortez Rosales
West Coast Program Manager

Esmeralda Cortez Rosales, West Coast Program Manager. Esmeralda Cortez is passionate about making sure everyone has a seat at the table. Before joining IGNITE as the West Coast Program Manager, Esmeralda was a legislative intern for Congresswoman Barbara Lee in Washington D.C. and also served as an intern in Congresswoman Lee's Oakland campaign office. During her time at UC Berkeley, Esmeralda worked for IGNITE as a High School facilitator in East Oakland, managed Mya Whitaker’s campaign for Oakland City Council in 2018, and was sworn-in as an Oakland Youth Commissioner. In these roles Esmeralda emboldened her community to get involved in politics, gave recommendations and resolutions to Oakland City Council and helped transfer political power to underserved communities. Esmeralda is also an alumnus of our high school programming and was awarded the IGNITE 2013 Fems with Fervor award. Esmeralda is excited to continue to build a nation where young women own their political power and pursue meaningful change. You can reach Esmeralda at

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