Angelica Rubio was born and raised in New Mexico in the rural colonia of Lake Arthur. As the daughter of immigrants, and the youngest of six children, Angelica grew up with a deep working knowledge of the power found in numbers, as well as a flair for making her...Read more
Angelica Rubio was born and raised in New Mexico in the rural colonia of Lake Arthur. As the daughter of immigrants, and the youngest of six children, Angelica grew up with a deep working knowledge of the power found in numbers, as well as a flair for making her case. After earning an undergraduate degree in Government from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, Angelica worked in Washington, DC, both on and off The Hill, and as a Policy Analyst at the New Mexico State Legislature. Moving to East Los Angeles to pursue a graduate degree in Latin American Studies, as well as an education in community organizing, Angelica established herself as a fierce advocate for consumer protection and a committed change agent.
Returning to her hometown of Lake Arthur, Angelica volunteered with a local congregation, engaging and organizing her community around local issues directly impacting the immigrant community. To augment the impact of this hands-on effort, Angelica also began blogging at The Rubio Dispatch. Her reasoned and impassioned posts quickly earned Angelica recognition as a local voice in social media, as well as a strong progressive ally across the state. In 2013 Angelica returned to Las Cruces, joining Comunidades en Acción y de Fé (NM CAFé) as Lead Organizer, managing the local ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2019. Following the initiative’s successful passage, Angelica has focused on protecting voter rights, adding her voice to issues such as criminal justice reform, environmental justice, and her passion for developing leaders for public life.
In 2016, Angelica won a seat in the New Mexico State Legislature, where she now serves, and has recently returned to her first love of community organizing, as the Executive Director of NM CAFé. In addition to her plethora of work in politics, activism and community organizing, Angelica possesses great strengths in the area of writing, blogging, and digital and online strategy.
You can frequently find her on Twitter at @anrubio discussing local and state politics, sharing her own personal writing, and/or discussing pop culture randomness.Read Less