Karen Diaz | CHIRLA

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Karen Diaz

Statewide Civic Engagement Organizer

"Karen Diaz was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. In 2006, at the age of eleven she migrated to Palmdale, California with her parents and two younger siblings with plans to stay in the United States for five years before returning to their home country.
Karen’s Family made the decision to stay in the United States in hopes for a better future for Karen and her siblings. In 2012, after graduating high school unable to apply to four year school due to her legal status and parents meager salary she would go on to pursue her dreams of higher education at Antelope Valley Community Community College. After completing her first semester at community college, President Obama passed the Dream Act allowing Karen to become a DACA recipient helping her to transfer to University of California, Davis. 
In 2016, while finishing up her double B.A. in Political Science and Communication she would begin volunteering for her first electoral campaign. As the only Latina, Spanish speaker and minority in the campaign she became motivated to continue civic engagement work targeted at Latinx ,minorities and low propensity voters. Since, she’s continued her work across California by working in top tier congressional races pushing for full inclusion and participation of the Latinx community in the electoral process. 
Karen now serves as a Statewide Civic Engagement Organizer with CHIRLA where she hopes to help elect more progressive champions."