My interests in fashion began by watching my grandmother sew clothing for my twin sister and I in Los Angeles. She learned how to sew in El Salvador and worked in LA clothing factories. I drew hundreds of designs and learned how to sew when I was 16. I attended Downtown Magnets High School in Los Angeles, UC Davis (BA), and Cornell University (MA, PhD) to pursue my interests in design, sustainability, and research. The McNair Scholars program at UC Davis played a significant role in helping me learn about research and apply to graduate school. I devoted my graduate studies to learning about the intersections of fashion and agriculture in New York. I conducted survey and interview research with fiber farmers, fiber mill owners, and designers. This led me to gain a deeper understanding of the farm-to-fashion value chain, and entrepreneurs’ commitments to sustainable economic development. I am currently an Assistant Professor in Apparel Merchandising & Management at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!