Claudia grew up in Los Angeles, CA after her family emigrated from Michoacán, Mexico. She is a first generation college graduate from Cal State LA with a BA in Social Work with an emphasis in child abuse and family violence. Claudia has worked in a variety of settings within the social work field over the years and currently leads the Student and Family Advocates in the Provo City School District, a sub-department of Student Services which focuses on working with migrant, refugee, immigrant and at-risk youth and families.

Claudia is also the director of Ella Rises, a non profit organization that supports young Latinas by providing enriching opportunities in the areas of Art, Music, STEM and Mental Health with a strong focus on cultural reconnection. She loves to dedicate her time and energy to folkloric dance, camping and spending time with her husband and two kids.