Tessie Borden is communications associate for CHIRLA. Until September 2018, she was communications officer for Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE). While working on a a graduate degree, Tessie worked as communications coordinator for the Autry National Center and, starting in July 2014, for the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), where she served as communications director and media strategist until October 2017. She has worked in a communications capacity with several other immigrant rights organizations, including COFEM and Immigrant Defenders. Prior to entering the social justice field, Tessie worked for nearly two decades as a journalist at newspapers across the country, including as Mexico City bureau chief for the Arizona Republic. She earned earned her Master's degree in Latin American Studies at Cal State LA in Spring 2017 and her Bachelors' degree in Journalism from the University of Houston in 1991.