Alliance welcomes Katrina Mendoza
The Alliance is excited to welcome Katrina Mendoza to its staff as a new Coalition Organizer.
Katrina is a fighter for justice, community healer and an independent parent to three young activists. She is most energized and motivated by the work she does in and for community.
Spanning many different communities, her organizing experience includes working with homeless adults at Mary Hall, and chronically homeless families and families in transitional housing at the YWCA of St. Paul. While working for Emma’s Place, she served as a case manager for parents with mental health or chemical dependency diagnosis; as a sexual health educator at Planned Parenthood, she helped prevent diabetes amongst Latinas, and trained youth to take charge of their own futures; and at Family Tree Clinic she spoke with folks around the country about prevention of and stigma around sexually transmitted infections.
In her role as a coalition organizer, Katrina will work on the Blue Line Coalition and other Alliance initiatives. “This organization is a fierce advocate and a force fighting for social and racial justice in all its forms,” Katrina says. “I’m humbled and honored to be included in such a powerful, dynamic team.”
Currently, Katrina sits on the board of her district council and is a leader for the land use and environmental justice forum in her community at the West Side Community Organization. She is also an ordained minister and an ambassador for the local West Side Farmers Market.
In addition to organizing neighbors and fighting gentrification, she replenishes her spirit by working with and promoting sisterhood, strength and support at WSCO’s Indigenous Womxn / Womxn of Color table. She enjoys random adventures with her partner, old school/Motown music and hearing folks share their stories.