Itzel was born in Mexico City and came to the United States at a young age. She is one of the beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which allows her to work and be protected from deportation in the United States. Itzel began volunteering at a young age through her mother’s union and learned very early the hardships that many workers and mixed-status families face in the border region. As Alliance San Diego’s Immigrant Integration Coordinator, Itzel has been organizing and coordinating informational forums throughout the county as well as immigration consultations and application assistance workshops for the immigrant community. Itzel graduated in May 2017 from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Anthropology. In her spare time, Itzel enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dogs.