Johanna Arias

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"Higher education cannot simply be a luxury reserved for the privileged few. It is my belief that every student should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential and never be limited by their circumstances, environments, or race."

Johanna Arias was raised in the Inland Empire in the cities of Temecula and Murrieta, California. Johanna’s parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico at a young age and sought opportunities with their families. She is one of six members of her immediate family.

Johanna became passionate about public policy during her years in high school and throughout her time in college. The experiences she had in community college sparked her interest in getting involved in higher education advocacy and how to defeat the stigma around attending a community college. She realized how challenging it was to transfer while also commuting and working a full-time job. Johanna herself, was a latina first-generation college student, and took classes with people who she also believed deserved more support and decided on pursuing her degree of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside.

After successfully utilizing the UC Transfer Admission Guarantee, Johanna was introduced to the rich community of policy makers, policy influencers, and policy implementers throughout the Inland Empire and the State of California. In her time at UC Riverside, she had communicated with the Governor’s Office, several California Assemblymembers, the California State Controller, and the United States Office of Government Ethics. Johanna also served as a co-host for her college’s weekly policy discussion podcast where episodes would cover current world issues and introduce potential policy solutions. Johanna is currently a graduate student at the University of Southern California where she is pursuing her M.Ed. in Educational Counseling.

Johanna loves reading books, discovering new music and enjoys music from bands like Tool, Deftones, and Greta Van Fleet.