Desiree Berdejo was born and raised in Madera in Central California. She identifies as a proud Xicana and is the youngest of seven siblings, born to parents from Oaxaca.
Desiree is a proud first-generation student and product of community college. She attended De Anza College in Cupertino where she obtained a Certificate in Leadership and Social Change and Associates Degree in social and behavioral science. Desiree then transferred to San Francisco State University where she is majoring in Women Gender Studies.
Desiree began interning with Chicana Latina Foundation in 2017 and joined full time in 2018 as its Program Assistant where she provides administrative and operational support to CLF’s core programs – Scholarships, Leadership Development, and Alumnae Network – and special projects. Prior to CLF, Desiree worked in advocating and supporting undocumented, first-generation, low-income students at De Anza College through HEFAS (Higher Education for AB 540 Students) and coordinating financial aid application assistance workshops throughout high schools in Santa Clara County as part of the Cash for College statewide initiative. Desiree is a huge advocate for Women Rights, Immigrant rights, and Higher Education. Desiree strongly believes in CLF vision to support, advocate, and empower the next generation of latinx leaders.