Nancy Meza is an immigrant rights organizer with over 12 years of on the ground organizing experience. She has played leadership roles in national, statewide and local campaigns to advance immigrant rights and educational justice. After migrating to the United States at the age of 2 from Mexico, she grew up in East Los Angeles; an experience that continues to shape her today. At the age of 15, she became involved in educational justice fights in the Eastside where her organizing framework was shaped. As a student at UCLA she became heavily involved in the immigrant rights movement.
She is passionate about the leadership development of immigrant rights organizers as well as shaping and telling immigrant stories through digital media. In 2011, her passion led her to co-create the Dream Summer National Internship program for immigrant rights organizers, up to date over 500 leaders from across the United States have participated in the program. That same year, along with a collective of immigrant media makers she co-founded the Undocumedia network; an immigrant led collaborative focused on supporting and creating immigrant lead media. As an intern at the UCLA Labor Center she was also part of the team that transformed the Underground Undergrads project into the first ever Dream Resource Center in the country.
Today, Nancy continues her organizing work in the Eastside of Los Angeles fighting against gentrification and displacement as a member of Defend Boyle Heights. In her free time Nancy enjoys taking long walks, exploring the universe through her telescope and spending time with her friends and loved ones.