Meet Janelle Astorga
A passionate community member
Janelle Astorga is a young Chicana born and raised in Albuquerque, NM in the historic barrios of San Jose and South Broadway. She is a product of APS and has been a leader for educational equity and youth voice/ youth rights since she was 13 years old. She now lives in the Alamosa Community.
Over a decade of experience working in schools and community has proven her track record to ensure all students and teachers have a seat at the table for decision making at APS. She has organized and supported many events and conversations that center the voices and experiences of students, teachers, and community members to create change at APS. She has worked with APS administration to perform anti-racism trainings for APS staff and has co-founded a youth group that focuses on student leadership development and advocacy. Additionally, she is actively involved in many community organizations throughout the district and has worked in schools as an Education Assistant, Substitute Teacher and Family Liaison.
She is a bilingual seal recipient, and went on to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Chicano/a Studies and Political Science so that she can continue to expand her knowledge and bring it back to the community. She is also currently enrolled at Cornell University studying Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and hopes to bring an anti-racist narrative when elected as APS board member for district 1.
Students, teachers and community march against gun violence and school shootings