Alma Elizabeth López Flores

Sacramento Poderosa 2022

“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.” – Che Guevara

As Executive Director of Brown Issues, Alma has transformed her community by cultivating the next generation of Brown Leaders through healing, civic engagement, and narrative change. In this capacity, Alma’s work advances systems change organizing, strengthens the organization’s youth-centered advocacy infrastructure, and leads collaborative work with education, juvenile justice, immigration, and healthcare advocates.

Alma was instrumental in organizing the Counselors Not Cops Campaign 2018-2020. Brown Issues youth successfully demanded the termination of a $3 million contract that Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) had with the Sacramento Police Department and reinvestment of those funds into mental health services, restorative approaches to school discipline, and social workers for the schools.

Alma is an alumni of the Women’s Foundation California, Solis Policy Institute State Program, and New Leaders Council, Sacramento.

Alma worked as a Policy Analyst with the Council of State Governments – West (CSG-West). At CSG-West, she staffed the Education and Workforce Development and Health and Human Services Committees while supporting the planning and execution of the Border Legislative Conference and the Regional Economic Forums. Additionally she has served as a Parent Advisor at Luther Burbank High School and as a Community Organizer for Sacramento Area Congregations Together.

As a first-generation college student, Alma received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chicano Studies from California State University, Sacramento. She was born and raised in Zamora, Michoacán, México, and finds faith and love through her family, playing soccer, and organizing with her community.