Alma Leyva Orozco

Policy and Programs Coordinator

Alma Leyva Orozco is a Mexican-born and Orange County-raised queer migrant woman. Growing up and experiencing firsthand the injustices that came with being undocumented initiated her involvement in social justice.

Alma brings over nine years of experience working with systematically excluded communities, particularly migrants, through organizing, research, leadership development, and public policy. Her work is rooted in the acknowledgment that all of our struggles are connected, the need for holistic health, and the importance of movements being community-centered. She coordinated and co-authored Undocumented and Uninsured: Immigrant Youth and the Struggle to Access Health Care in California, the first research project by and for immigrant youth on health care access in California. Alma also co-authored a chapter in Research Justice: Methodologies for Social Change. Alma has run leadership development programs both locally and statewide on immigrant health and civic engagement.

Alma received her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Los Angeles in Sociology with an emphasis in Inequality and Diversity. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, running, traveling to Mexico, and spending time with family and friends.  Alma is excited to be part of the California Walks team to continue to propel health forward through active transportation for communities across California.