Karina Melendez
Karina Melendez is of Latina/Mexican descent and was born and raised in South Los Angeles, California in a gangland surrounded by poverty. Kari first connected with the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) while attending a job course inside prison, building her resume and preparing for her future when she went home. Kari participated in CEO’s statewide Advocacy Fellowship, and after completing it, she was hired full-time as an Organizing Program Associate. She takes pride in facilitating the very same workshops that inspired her to pursue advocacy as a career. She holds a Certificate in Social Justice and Community Organizing from the University of Michigan School of Social Work.