Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute 2017
Andrea Gaspar is a queer Mexican born in San Diego and raised in Tijuana. She moved to Chula Vista at the age of 15, where she attended Otay Ranch High School. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Irvine in International Studies and Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies with a double minor in African-American Studies and Latin American Literature. While at Irvine, she served as the Executive Vice President of the Associated Students and as a board member of the University of California Student Association. She coordinated statewide student led campaigns to fight the incarceration of people of color, UC tuition hikes, and on campaigns for labor justice and immigrants’ Rights.
For the last two years, Andrea worked for the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties as a Youth Organizer and developed an organizing and leadership program at 4 high schools in San Diego County. Gaspar believes that youth organizing is one of the most powerful tools to bring transformative justice and to challenge both macro and micro levels of systemic oppression that are affecting and killing communities on a daily basis. She now works as a Youth Organizing consultant in San Diego County.