Esperanza was raised in the San Fernando Valley and Imperial Valley. After finishing high school, she received a scholarship to attend Stanford University where she earned her B.A. in Science, Technology, and Society and minored in German Studies. In 2012, Esperanza left the United States to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, a year-long young ambassador program to promote academic, professional, and cultural exchange between the United States and Germany. Afterward, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she interned at the Brookings Institution and worked in the United States House of Representatives until 2016. During her time in D.C., Esperanza helped organize a group for Latina staffers called, "Latinas in the House," where she helped create a stronger sense of community among Latina staffers through professional development programming and social events.
Recently, Esperanza had the privilege to work for Congressman Jimmy Gomez in his district office, where she oversaw his immigration and census portfolio. In this capacity, she helped build stronger relationships with various community-based organizations serving California's 34th Congressional District. Esperanza also supported Congressman Gomez' efforts to address the family separation crisis, coordinating visits to observe conditions at the Adelanto Detention Center and a legal observation of asylum-seekers at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.
Esperanza is proud to be part of CHIRLA's civic engagement team as their Census Campaign Manager. Here, she will leverage her understanding of the national issues concerning the 2020 Census and her experience working in hard-to-count communities to implement CHIRLA’s plan to promote a full count of the immigrant, Latino and marginalized population.