Region: Greater Los Angeles – Climate
Project(s): City of Huntington Beach – Oakview Advanced Energy Community
Noemi Luna-Ochoa was born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She started her education in International Affairs at Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. She completed her B.A. in International Relations at San Francisco State University. After receiving her B.A. she served one year as a Youth Development Coordinator for AmeriCorps, where she would meet with students, primarily low income, and underrepresented minorities, to gauge their interests, experience and passions. She would then partner with local nonprofits to engage them in discussion on what potential volunteer opportunities could be provided for high school-aged students. After completing her service time at AmeriCorps, she joined The Center for Community Solutions as a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate where she assisted survivors of crime by connecting them to resources in the community while collaborating with other agencies and maintaining client confidentiality. She also offered support and accompaniment during detective interviews, district attorney interviews and sentencing, and made referrals for those who qualified for immigration services. Noemi recently obtained her Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of San Diego, focusing her studies on Economic Development, US-Mexico Relations and the impact of industrial and other land-based pollution in human health. Noemi’s current interests are to gain knowledge on energy efficiency and mitigation of pollutants in our communities to reduce the impact of our changing climate.