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Anaheim, CA
Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
B.A., Economics & Minor in Criminal Justice
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP)

1st Placement: House Financial Services Committee
2nd Placement: NeighborWorks America

As a CHCI Public Policy Graduate Fellow with the House Financial Services Committee, Esther analyzed current and proposed policies pertaining to federal housing and community development legislation. As a result of her findings, Esther drafted policy recommendations to the Committee’s senior staff. Esther was the first CHCI fellow to ever be placed with a House Committee.

During her second placement with NeighborWorks America, Esther assists the Senior Advisor of Gulf Rebuilding and Green Strategies with the development and implementation of the corporation’s green initiative. She is currently compiling statistics from ongoing best green practices from across the nation. Her additional duties include assisting staff in drafting seven grant programs for the initiative and providing information for the public web site and internal database.

Esther was born in Anaheim, California and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. In June of 2005, Esther graduated with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While at UNLV Esther spent most of her time involved in extracurricular activities such as MEChA, Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Latino Graduation Committee, and Ethnic Student Council. Additionally, Esther invested much of her time volunteering in her local community for organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, Disability Awareness Month, and tutoring pre-school children. She also spent time traveling around Europe as a study-abroad student in Pau, France.

With the ambition to give back to her community and provide a better future for her family, Esther recently earned a Masters of City and Regional Planning with distinct honors from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA. Esther wrote her master’s thesis on sense of community in low-income multi-family housing. Her study shed light on the importance of community involvement throughout the housing development process for low-income residents. She presented her thesis at the Environmental Design Research Association National Conference. Additionally, she received a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development which gave her the opportunity to intern at various municipal jurisdictions while in school. As a first generation Mexican-American, Esther understands the importance of advocating for the marginalized, especially when considering the lack of adequate housing and communities.

Following her CHCI Public Policy Graduate Fellowship, Esther hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Community Development. During Esther’s spare time she likes to run, eat, travel and shop for shoes.

Past Fellow of the Month

Sarah Diaz - April 2015 Fellow of the Month
Rafael Hurtado Jr. - March 2015 Fellow of the Month
Claudia Flores and Emily Noriega - February 2015 Fellows of the Month
Braulio Salas - January 2015 Fellow of the Month
Araceli Gutiérrez - December 2014 Fellow of the Month
Margarita Chavez - November 2014 Fellow of the Month
Cheye-Ann Corona - October 2014 Fellow of the Month
Eric Hernandez - May 2014 Fellow of the Month
Scott Astrada March 2014 Fellow of the Month
Daphne Delgado - February 2014 Fellow of the Month
Carolina Rizzo - January 2014 Fellow of the Month
Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo - December 2013 Fellow of the Month
Yesenia Lopez - November 2013 Fellow of the Month
Norma Salazar-Ibarra and Pedro Suarez: October 2013 Fellows of the Month
Reuben Kapp - May 2013 Fellow of the Month
Michael Bueno - Fellow of the Month - April 2013
Jennifer Castillo - Fellow of the Month March 2013
Morgan Brand - Fellow of the Month February 2013
Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves & Daniel Lind - January 2013
Aurelia de la Rosa Aceves - January 2013
Pamela Diaz - December 2012
Jose Plaza - November 2012
Elizabeth Salinas - April 2012
Mario Flores - March 2012
Tomas Robles, Jr. - February 2012
Cristal Ruiz - December 2011
Monica Bautista - November 2011
Alyssa Padilla - May 2011
Josefina Villanueva - April 2011
Alexis Ruiz - March 2011
Judith Perez -- February 2011
Romie Barriere -- December 2010
Miguel Lopez -- November 2010
Evelia Castillo -- May 2010
Julio Costa - April 2010
Ulises A. Gonzalez - March 2010
Andrea Serra - February 2010
Bertha Guerrero - January 2010
Rebecca Medina - December 2009
Rita Rico - November 2009
Craig Martinez-May 2009
Daniel Montes-April 2009
Stephen Perez-March 2009
Veronica Duron-February 2009
Esther Valle-April 2008
Robert Fuentes-March 2008
M. Lucero Ortiz-February 2008
Daniel Herrera-January 2008
Frinny R. Polanco-November 2007
Betsaida Alcantara-April 2007
Jose A. Medina-March 2007
Angelica M. Reza-February 2007