Lourdes Peña was born and raised in Pacoima, California. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and minor in Global Peace and Security. Thereafter she earned her Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School.
Lourdes’ passion for immigration stems from having immigrant parents and a father who was once detained upon immigrating to the United States. She has been involved with organizations such as CARECEN, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the Immigration Law Clinic of Southwestern Law School and practiced removal defense out of the Los Angeles Immigration Court.