Carmen is a second-generation community organizer from Austin, Texas: a wealthy, environmentally sensitive city that is also one of the most economically and racially segregated in the country. She studied environmental sciences and free trade policy at the University of Chicago (A.B. ’07) and has been back home organizing with communities around the root causes of health disparities since. Carmen is Go! Austin/¡Vamos! Austin (GAVA)’s first Executive Director but has been involved since its inception in 2012. She also serves on City of Austin commissions that address Latino/a/x quality of life issues and redistricting for geographic representation in municipal government.