Laura Judith Guerra, a first-generation Mexican American, grew up in Mexico and migrated to the United States as a child. A passionate advocate for sustainable development, she has worked as a community organizer at ARISE, a nonprofit organization that empowers low-income immigrants through education and leadership training. Laura holds a BA in economics from the University of Dallas, where she received an Outstanding Economics Student Achievement Award. She also was awarded the US Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which enabled her to study in Rome and teach English classes for Italian high school students. Laura has worked in colonias on the US-Mexico border, advocating for infrastructure improvements such as drainage and public lighting. As a student, she was the recipient of a Graduate School Dean’s Fellowship and a John Hahn/Leticia Foncillas Fellowship.