Luis Jimenez’s involvement in activism began in high school when he served as Trustee for the Natomas Unified School District and as senior class president. His consistent relocation from the United States to Mexico helped Luis foster his philosophy of “think globally, act locally.”
When returning to the United States, Luis continued his education by enrolling at Sacramento City College, where he served as the Student Senate’s Treasurer. Additionally, he began an internship in the office of Assembly member Anthony Rendon.
Luis furthered his involvement in higher education advocacy in the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, by serving as the region’s Legislative Affairs Director. He helped usher policy through the state legislature. Alongside his colleagues they advocated for increasing mental health resources, homeless student access to campus shower facilities, dream resource liaisons for undocumented students, better student representation on the CA Student Aid Commission and more open educational resources.
In July 2016, Luis was employed by the newly-elected Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon as an assistant. Late that year he joined the Sacramento Youth Alliance, a youth-led group that advocates for improving the lives of Sacramento’s youth by helping them organize and become civically engaged. He also joined the California Dream Network as a Steering-Committee member. CDN’s work revolves around supporting undocumented college students in higher education.
Currently, Luis works in the Assembly Office of International Relations and Protocol. In his free time, he likes reading, photography and travel; he plans to transfer to UCLA or UC Davis where he plans to continue studying sociology and political science.