Students for Economic Justice 2019 Fellowship
Marianne is a second-generation Filipina-American who proudly calls National City home. She is a recent graduate with a dual bachelor’s degree in political science and ethnic studies from the University of California, San Diego. In college, she was very involved as a student-activist leader in the Filipino-American student organization, Kaibigang Pilipin@, where she was social awareness coordinator and scriptwriter for the annual Pilipin@ Cultural Celebration. Her other leadership roles centered around educational access and retention work for UCSD and San Diego communities, in addition to working on grassroots campaigns for local leaders such as National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis. Growing up in a military family, Marianne had the unique experience of watching her mom enlisted as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy while her dad worked as a maintenance worker at a local military housing complex. Their hardships as immigrant parents and growing up in National City motivates her passion for social and economic justice. Marianne is constantly finding empowerment from the resiliency set forth by the diverse communities she’s worked with. She aspires to be a lawyer who specializes in urban development and policy intertwining community advocacy. As a young Filipina-American, her goal is to enter politics working for the National City community to bring meaningful representation and institutional change.