Meet the Fellows

Guadalupe Peña

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Guadalupe, also known as Lupe, was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and moved to San Francisco, California at the age of 6 with her parents to pursue the American Dream. As the oldest of 4, Lupe is the first in her family to graduate from college, earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in Public Health from Mills College at Northeastern University in 2023. Her undergraduate work focused on the disparities that workers and women within the Latino community face in the U.S. She aspires to continue advocating for equitable opportunities to her community.

Being a first-generation student has been both a privilege and a rough path, but with her parents and siblings continuous support, motivation, and inspiration Lupe has made it through. No words could express how grateful she is for all the sacrifices her parents made to give her and her siblings a better life. Her parents showed her the importance of higher education, the reason why Lupe hopes to go to graduate school to obtain her Masters either in Public Health or Nursing, with a concentration in Midwifery. Another goal of hers is to work alongside non-profit organizations and make a social impact on her community.

As an alum of the program Enterprise for Youth, Lupe is a Job Coach and currently helps youth access equal opportunities to work experiences, professional skills, networking, and individual growth. She is also a Birth and Postpartum Doula at Birth Companions Community Center (BCCC), which primarily helps newcomer immigrant mothers during their pregnancies stages.

For the DreamSF Fellowship, Lupe was placed at The Women’s Building (TWB), where she will support the Community Resource Room with direct services, community outreach, survey and data collection, event planning, and advocacy actions. By working in partnership with TWB, she hopes to grow her presentation/communication skills and become a better advocate.

In her free time and in the company of her family, Lupe enjoys passing time in nature on warm days. She also enjoys watching movies with hot chocolate on cold days, cooking, and baking.