Ana Z. Licona

Ana Z. Licona

Leadership Development Coordinator | Mi Familia Vota

Ana is a proud first-generation Mexican-American graduate from Arizona State University holding two bachelor’s degrees in Global Studies and Sociology. Upon graduating from college, Ana joined the Obama White House Office of Presidential Personnel and led monthly leadership and professional development events for political appointees. Most recently, Ana worked at the National Education Association in Washington D.C. where she worked to end institutional racism in schools.

As a community organizer with Mi Familia Vota, Ana leads the Leadership Development Program in promoting civic engagement and empowering youth to become the next generation of community leaders. Ana’s heart and passion for social justice inspires her to seek out a long and prosperous career in public service.

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

It’s important to recognize and dismantle barriers that underrepresented communities face to participate in democracy.

What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

To engage youth and students in understanding the importance if civic participation.