Mayra Castro Martinez is a Dream Resource Center (DRC) project coordinator at the UCLA Labor Center. She co-coordinates Dream Summer, a national 10-week fellowship that places immigrant youth and allies in community-based and social justice organizations and labor unions across the country. Her deep commitment in immigrant rights and the rescinding of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), encouraged her in 2017 to temporarily move to Washington, DC to work on the national campaign for the clean Dream Act with United We Dream. In 2019, she was appointed to the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee for the Compton Community College District.
Mayra earned a double B.A. in political science and journalism from the California State University, Long Beach. She is also passionate about access to education regardless of status, which led her to found the Thriving Community Scholarship at Paramount High School, where she is an alum. The scholarship seeks to empower undocumented graduating seniors at Paramount High School to pursue higher education and become involved in their community. Most recently, as a Riordan Leadership Institute Fellow, she was matched with the YMCA Torrance-South Bay where she will focus on nonprofit board governance, fiscal responsibilities, fundraising, pro bono service, corporate social responsibility and personal leadership development.