Irene Franco Rubio is an activist, writer, and community organizer from Phoenix, Arizona. A young woman of Guatemalan and Mexican descent, Irene is rooted in community and devoted to the movements for social, racial, and environmental justice. Irene is committed to advocating for BIPOC communities through intersectional movement building, digital community organizing, and writing to uplift historically underrepresented stories and voices. She has a diverse array of professional advocacy experiences ranging from interning for Congresswoman Deb Haaland to organizing for Michelle Obama's nonprofit organization, When We All Vote, among other prestigious advocacy opportunities. While currently pursuing her undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, in her capacity as a writer and public thought leader Irene is a Public Voices Fellow of the Op-Ed Project at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and continues to engage in advocacy as a Gen Z media professional centering her work at the intersection of activism, journalism, and justice as a global citizen & catalyst for change. For more on Irene's activism and writing, check out her portfolio at irenefrancorubio.com and follow her on social media, @ifrancorubio.