Marissa Castañeda. Rising Star

Photo by Ignacio Colmenares

Marissa Castaneda spent her early childhood in Milpillas De Allende, Zacatecas, México. Her recollections of her childhood all are reflections on what she considers her hometown in Zacatecas. Her upbringing and close ties to her Mexican heritage have guided her throughout her educational and personal journey.

During her time at Napa Valley College she was involved on campus; Co-founder of the Napa Valley Dream Team, Founder and President of Sembrando Semillas en la Educacion, college planning with High School youth, and Vice President of Membership for Phi Theta Kappa. She was also a part of two summer programs for pre-law students at UC Davis Law School, King Hall Outreach Program.

She transferred in the fall of 2012 to UC Berkeley where she is majoring in Sociology and minoring in Ethnic Studies. During her time at UC Berkeley she has worked with a non-profit in San Francisco and served as an Outreach Ambassador for E4FC, an organization that assists Undocumented students in their pursuits of higher education. Marissa has also worked as a legal intern at  Centro Legal de la Raza working as legal intern, assisting with housing workshops in Oakland. Marissa ‘s professional career goal is to become an attorney at law and to give back to her community.


“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.” –

Ernesto Guevara



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