Paola is a political refugee from Chile, a native, fluent Spanish speaker, an advocate for her special needs son, and passionate about social justice. She received her BA in English from UC Berkeley, high school teaching credential and Master's in Public Health degree from San Jose State University. After completing her undergraduate degree, Paola worked as a high school English teacher, a volunteer health educator, and a stay-at-home mom for 15 years. As the Programs Coordinator at Santa Cruz Community Health, she coordinated the Healthy Pregnancy Program, facilitated Shared Medical Appointments for Diabetes and Postpartum patients, trained Promotoras from the Live Oak School District in collaboration with Cradle to Career, presented to and trained the staff about Cultural Humility, and coordinated with outside agencies to improve patient care. Paola believes quality health care should be accessible to all.