THE DREAM TEAM
UNDER 30 CLASS OF 2019 VANESSA LUNA COFOUNDER, IMMSCHOOLS
This Teach for America veteran’s startup, which currently operates in Texas and New York, has trained nearly 2,000 educators to help support 60,000 undocumented students in those two immigrant-heavy states.
CLASS OF 2018 REYNA MONTOYA FOUNDER AND CEO, ALIENTO
A founding member of Teach for America’s DACA Advisory Board, Montoya created Phoenix-based Aliento (Spanish for “breath”) to support Dreamers via extracurricular educational workshops and arts programs.
CLASS OF 2017 DENISSE ROJAS MARQUEZ AND JIRAYUT “NEW” LATTHIVONGSKORN COFOUNDERS, PRE-HEALTH DREAMERS
The duo’s organization pairs undocumented students with jobs in a variety of medical professions. Latthivongskorn, originally from Thailand, is one of six plaintiffs in the DACA suit currently before the Supreme Court.
CLASS OF 2016 SARAHI ESPINOZA SALAMANCA FOUNDER AND CEO, DREAMERS ROADMAP
The app she created helps undocumented students with admissions, scholarships and financial aid. It has been downloaded nearly 40,000 times since its release in 2016.
CLASS OF 2015 MARIA GABRIELA PACHECO DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY, DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATION, THEDREAM.US
In 2013, Pacheco became the first undocumented Latina to testify before Congress, discussing U.S. immigration policy. She now helps run the largest college-access organization for undocumented youth.