Meet our Staff
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Felicia Montes, Executive Director
Co-founder of Mujeres de Maiz, Felicia Montes is a Xicana Indigenous artist, activist, community and event organizer, educator, FEmcee, designer, poet, and performer living and working in the Los Angeles area. She is known throughout the southwest as an established Xicana cultural worker of a new generation. Felicia holds a B.A from UCLA in World Arts and Cultures with a minor in Chican@ Studies, a M.A in Chican@ Studies from Cal State Northridge, and an M.F.A from Otis College of Art & Design in Public Practice Art.
Michelle Lopez, Finance and Operations Director
Born in Redlands California Michelle currently lives in Rosemead, CA. Michelle is an educator and curator she holds a BA and MFA in Studio Art along with an MA in Art History. Currently she is teaching in the Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies department at California State University, Los Angeles. She has been working with Mujeres de Maiz for more than four years.
We have a wonderful team working with us! We rely on their skills and expertise to keep us going.
Margaret 'Quica' Alarcon, Zine Coordinator
Xicana indigenous identified woman of Otomí (Guanajuato), Taíno and Spanish ancestry, born and raised in East Los Angeles. She is an artist, teacher and community arts activist whose creative interests include mixed media, painting, drawing, printmaking, papel picado, and publishing. She holds a BFA in Illustration, Masters in Education, and an MFA in Studio Arts.
Claudia Mercado, Documentarian
Co-founder and primary documentarian of Mujeres de Maiz, born and raised in Highland Park, Los Angeles, Claudia is an independent filmmaker currently in development of the Mujeres de Maiz documentary. As a writer, producer, director and editor, she has exhibited her films throughout the U.S. in art houses, universities, museums, film festivals and online. She graduated from UC Berkeley with BA in Film Studies and is currently finishing her MFA in Film, Television and Theater from Cal State University Los Angeles.
Megan Pennings, Intern
Megan Pennings was raised in Baldwin Park, CA. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Chicana/o Studies from Cal State Los Angeles, and is currently working towards her M.A. in Chicana/o Studies and Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Cal State Los Angeles. Her passion is to help students understand the importance of education. Megan is the Documentation and Archive Intern.
Our Board of Directors
Amber Rose González, Ph.D is an educator-scholar-activist and Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at Fullerton College. She received her BA in Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She received her MA and PhD in Chicana/Chicano Studies with an emphasis in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Dionne Espinoza, Ph.D. is a faculty member at Cal State LA in Chicano Studies, Liberal Studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is directing the Mujeres de Maiz Oral Herstory Project, a collaborative partnership with MdM. She was raised in the San Gabriel Valley.
Adrian Zamora, J.D. is an independent attorney working in the Los Angeles area. He earned his BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law.
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