Oriana Sandoval, a native of New Mexico, received her Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College; a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California — Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy; and a Juris Doctor from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). She is currently a member of the New Mexico Bar Association.
Oriana has worked on economic development, environmental justice, conservation, and civil rights issues for more than a decade. She was a principal organizer of New Mexico’s first-ever Latino conservation organization (the Latino Sustainability Institute), which educates Latinos on key conservation issues and advocates for strong conservation policies. She worked for several years at the Center of Southwest Culture as a program manager directing economic development projects or underserved communities, civil rights programs and social justice issues in the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. Oriana worked with the UC Berkeley Labor Center to provide leadership development trainings to Latino immigrant grassroots organizers in California’s Central Valley. She clerked at the Center on Race Poverty and the Environment where she conducted research for litigation on climate change issues and cases involving the violation of air quality standards in California’s Central Valley. Oriana also clerked at the Oakland, CA, Centro Legal de la Raza where she provided legal services to low-income community members in the areas of housing, employment and immigration. She worked with the San Francisco Day Labor Program on identifying employment opportunities for day laborers, most of whom are undocumented immigrants with little protection in the workplace. Most recently, Oriana served as the founding Executive Director of New Mexico Vote Matters (NMVM), a non-profit organization committed to the empowerment and participation of historically disenfranchised communities in New Mexico. NMVM assisted over 21,000 New Mexicans in registering to vote in 2012 and conducted a comprehensive Get Out The Vote campaign to over 60,000 unlikely voters in these communities to encourage participation in the political process.