I am honored to represent Lakewood and a small piece of Littleton in Colorado's House District 28. I serve as the Vice-Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and a Member of the Appropriations Committee. I am also Treasurer for the Colorado Latino Caucus, a Uniform Law Commissioner (representing Colorado at the national level), and Chair of the Law and Criminal Justice Task Force of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. You can learn more about the legislation I have sponsored here.
Before I was elected to the Colorado House, I worked as an attorney representing immigrants and helping survivors of domestic violence rebuild their lives. I’ve protected consumers, advocated for criminal justice reform, and prosecuted discrimination and civil rights cases. I also served as an Assistant Attorney General representing state agencies here in Colorado that keep the public safe.
Above all, I care about people and their ability to thrive and improve their lives. As your State Representative, this will always be my priority. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas for legislation, please don't hesitate to contact me.
I was born in Colorado and raised in Lakewood, not far from where my husband and I live now. My father was a WWII veteran and Jeffco public school teacher, and my mother is a biologist and Costa Rican immigrant. They were an unlikely match, but shared common values, a deep understanding of right and wrong, and a profound commitment to service. Both credited education — my dad on the G.I. Bill, and my mom on government scholarships — with changing their lives.
Though born in Colorado, I spent my early childhood in Costa Rica and Mexico. From a young age, I alternated between the different cultures and languages of my parents. This taught me to be open-minded, compassionate, and to appreciate differences as strengths.
When I was about 6 years old, we came back home to Colorado for good. I graduated from D’Evelyn High School in Jeffco and went on to the University of Denver for college. After graduation, I worked as a Spanish interpreter at an immigration law firm for years. I built trust with my clients and helped them with the solutions they needed to stay with their families and avoid scams. I learned I was a natural advocate and went on to law school at Northeastern to become the first lawyer in my family.
As a lawyer, I've represented victims of consumer fraud, discrimination, and civil rights violations. I've worked with trafficking victims and survivors of domestic violence, and I've helped hard-working families facing evictions and dealing with wage theft issues. Most recently, I worked for the state of Colorado advising agencies that regulate health care and keep Coloradans safe. Throughout my legal career, I have remembered what my parents showed me: keep an open mind and always help others whenever you can.
In 2017, my father died. Before running for office, I spent a lot of time reflecting on his extraordinary life. In almost all that he did, he improved the lives of others. He believed that actions spoke louder than words and that a life without service was no life at all. He's the reason I ran for office in 2018. I continue to draw inspiration from his life's work and do my best to honor his legacy as your State Representative.