Adrian Reyna leads United We Dream’s groundbreaking technology, digital engagement and communications strategies. Under his leadership, the network has created new technology to help low income community organizers provide service and empowerment opportunities to immigrant youth and families, and has catapulted the digital presence of United We Dream – tripling the size of UWD’s online community.
Born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Adrian came to the U.S. with his parents at the age of 12 and grew up undocumented in Humble, TX, outside of Houston. In college, Adrian “came out” as undocumented and queer and has dedicated his life to helping others live as their full and authentic selves. Adrian now directs one of United We Dream’s largest staff teams where he brings his vision of a connected and vibrant network of formerly isolated and disempowered people into reality every day.
Bruna Bouhid is the National Communications Manager at United We Dream (UWD). At the age of 7, Bruna moved from Brazil to the United States with her parents and younger sister. In August 2012, as a junior at the University of Florida (UF) and after 13 years in the U.S., Bruna received her DACA status allowing her to complete a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and political science, with minors in business administration and Portuguese.
While at UF, Bruna worked as a Fellow for the Obama for America campaign, where she lead her own team to complete door-to-door canvassing, voter registration and GOTV. From 2014 to 2017, Bruna worked at the global public relations consulting company, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, most recently as an Account Executive. She provided strategic counsel and support around media relations, digital initiatives, industry research and crisis management for clients in the corporate, energy, association, non-profit and consumer sectors.
In her spare time, Bruna enjoys traveling throughout the U.S. and has a goal to visit all 50 states by the time she becomes an American citizen. 31 more to go!
Bruna is honored to be part of United We Dream’s team as they fight for the rights of immigrant families, like her own.
Cristina Jiménez is Executive Director and Co-founder of United We Dream (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country.
Growing up, Cristina always knew she was undocumented.
Originally from Quito, Ecuador, Cristina came to the United States at age 13. Her parents risked everything and fled poverty to give her family a better life here.
She grew up in Queens, New York, a place she still proudly calls home.
As an undocumented young person, Cristina and her family experienced poverty, abuse by police, wage theft from employers and fear of deportation.
From a young age, Cristina made a decision to fight back against unjust practices that plagued people of color and the immigrant community.
While in college, Cristina began organizing with other students. That’s when she found her voice, and realized immigrant youth have the power to transform this country by telling their own stories and developing their own political strategy.
Cristina’s work has helped change the national conversation on immigration and create a new youth-led model of social justice organizing and movement building.
Cristina was instrumental in organizing the successful national campaign that led to the creation and implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Program (DACA) under President Obama. DACA is the most far-reaching and significant victory for immigrant communities in more than thirty years, and has enabled nearly a million immigrants to live without constant fear of deportation, go to school, pursue careers, and build stable lives here.
Under Cristina’s leadership, UWD has grown to a powerful network of 48 affiliates in 26 states and over 400,000 members.
The organization has supported and trained tens of thousands of immigrant youth leaders to find and express their voice, and inspired millions.
Ultimately, Cristina wants to transform the politics of the United States so that all people can thrive in this country and live without fear.
In October 2017, Cristina was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, also known as a “genius grant,” one of the highest and most prestigious honors that creative leaders can receive in the United States.
Cristina has received several other high-profile awards and honors while leading UWD. In 2014, she was named to Forbes’s “30 under 30 in Law and Policy;” She has also been named one of “40 under 40 Young Leaders Who are Solving Problems of Today and Tomorrow” by the Chronicle of Philanthropy; and one of “50 Fearless Women” by Cosmopolitan.
Prior to work at UWD, Cristina co-founded the New York State Youth Leadership Council, and the Dream Mentorship Program at Queens College. She also worked as an immigration policy analyst for the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy and an immigrant rights organizer at Make the Road New York.
Cristina holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from the School of Public of Affairs at Baruch College, CUNY and graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science and Business from Queens College, CUNY.
Cristina invites all people of conscience to join her and United We Dream in our youth-driven fight to pass a clean Dream Act and stop deportations. Text HereToStay to 877-877 to learn more!
Greisa Martinez is Deputy Executive Director at United We Dream. Originally from Hidalgo, Mexico, Greisa immigrated to the U.S. with her family at an early age and grew up in Dallas, TX as an undocumented immigrant.
Greisa has organized immigrant youth and workers for the passage of pro-immigrant policies at the local and national level for the past 10 years.
She co-founded the Council for Minority Student Affairs at Texas A&M University, the first undocumented youth-led group in the University’s 100 year history. She founded the Texas Dream Alliance and was a fellow with the League of Young Voters.
Juanita Monsalve is a social justice digital strategist working to advance the rights of immigrants and people of color. As United We Dream’s Director of Digital, Juanita is committed to using her skills to empower new young immigrant leaders, fight anti-Blackness, and practice transformational organizing. Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Juanita moved to Orlando, Florida when she was just starting high school. Later, she attended Williams College, where she received a degree in Philosophy and Art History, with a concentration in Africana Studies.
Prior to joining United We Dream, Juanita was the Digital Director for Reform Immigration FOR America (RI4A), a digital advocacy campaign fighting for immigrant rights and comprehensive immigration reform at the Center for Community Change. She serves on the Board of Directors at the DC-Based immigrant and worker organizing group Many Languages One Voice (MLOV). Juanita is passionate about using media such as film and music to organize our communities. Most recently, Juanita co-hosted Choices & Chismes, a podcast for real talk and for engaging Latinx youth in the 2016 election.
Julieta Garibay is the Texas Director and Co-Founder of United We Dream – the largest immigrant youth led network in the country. In this capacity, she serves as UWD’s chief strategist.
Garibay began organizing in her hometown of Austin, TX in 2005 to help undocumented youth like her get to college and has since become a fearless defender of her community and advocate for the rights of women. Julieta is the living embodiment of the United We Dream spirit – transforming personal adversity into personal power and hope that has inspired thousands into action.
Julieta has been featured as a leading voice in the immigration movement and has been featured on many of the nation’s top outlets like Univision, CNN, MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, NPR, Telemundo, among others.
Originally from Mexico City, Mexico, Garibay migrated to the U.S. at the age of 12 and lived in Texas for 20 years before moving to Washington, D.C. She co-founded the University Leadership Initiative (ULI) at the University of Texas- Austin, one of the first undocumented youth-led organizations in the nation. She holds a Master’s degree of Science in Public Health Nursing and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Texas.
The daughter of immigrants, Mina was prompted by the September 2017 rescission of DACA to seek out ways to stand in solidarity with our community and support immigrant youth and our families. During the 1930s – 1940s persecution of Japanese immigrants in the U.S., Mina’s grandfather, a farmer in California, was arrested by the FBI and her family was separated and placed in detention camps in New Mexico and Arkansas for several years. She connects to our struggle personally, our communities’s concerns and trauma, and aims to work with us to correct the moral course the country is on.
In this position, Mina will be overseeing the Development Department and working with other teams to strengthen our fundraising capacity to attract, build, and sustain support. Mina also will be working closely with me, the board of directors, and the senior staff team to develop and implement our annual and long-term fundraising strategy.
Mina brings experience of raising funding for both C3 and C4 organizations with annual budgets of up to $50 million. She has led teams for a range of organizations including the Center for Public Integrity, The New School, State University of New York, Children’s Defense Fund, and the Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children.