Reyna was born in Tijuana, Mexico and migrated to Arizona in 2003 fleeing violence. She is an undocumented/DACAmented social entrepreneur, community organizer, educator, and dancer. She is a 2016 Soros Justice Fellow, which enable her to start Aliento. She is also a founding member of the first Teach For America DACA Advisory Board. Reyna holds bachelor degrees in Political Science and Transborder Studies and a Dance minor from Arizona State University; she also holds a M.Ed in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University. She recently completed an executive education program from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She has engaged in local, statewide and national platforms to advance justice for immigrant communities. In 2013, she was the lead organizer, who prevented an immigration bus of undocumented immigrants from deportation in Phoenix, AZ for the first time in the nation’s history. In the same year, with the help of the community, she stopped her father’s deportation. She was also recognized as 2017 #NBCLatino20 and the Muhammad Ali Center as the 2018 Humanitarian Recipient for Spirituality. She hopes to share her talents and skills with the community to co-create healing spaces, political change, and leadership development of our immigrant youth and migrant families.
ADVOCACY & POLICY DIRECTOR
Jose Patiño was born in Mexico, raised in the Valley of the sun, Phoenix, AZ. He migrated at the age of six with this family and is part of the 1% DACAmented people in the U.S. with a master’s degree. He is an educator, and an activist. Jose holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University. Jose became involved in the Immigrant Rights and Dreamer Movement in 2009. Ever since then Jose has been standing up against the injustices that undocumented immigrants face. He stopped a bus of undocumented immigrants who were set to be deported, engaged in a direct action where he interrupted President Obama’s speech, and has lobbied for the DREAM Act and Immigration Reform. Due to Jose’s activism he was featured in The Washington Post, MSNBC, NPR, Univision, Telemundo, Buzzfeed, Think Progress, among others. He was also featured in the documentaries The Dream is Now and Underwater Dreams. Jose leads Aliento’s efforts to gain instate tuition & access to scholarships for all Arizona students regardless of immigration status. He is proud to serve his community and believes in giving back and one of his most recent accomplishments is the he co-founded a scholarship named after him to support undocumented students access to higher ed. He also serves in the National DACA Advisory Board for Teach for America as the Chair of Advocacy Committee. He is also a member of the Arizona Department of Education School Safety taskforce and a member of the City of Mesa Census 2020 taskforce.
Deyanira Garcia Ornelas (Deya) is a DACA recipient born in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua and raised in the vibrant city of Mesa, Arizona. She is a nineteen year old, 2017 graduate of Mesa High School and student at Mesa Community College in hopes of transferring to ASU. At the moment, her major is undecided but is on track to complete her associates in science. In her free time, she likes to hang out with family, ice skate, hang out with her favorite (and only) sister, create, learn, laugh, help, and experience new things. Her favorite quote is “Good or bad? Hard to tell.” It is originally from a TED talk which basically explains that every situation can never be labeled as good or bad because what may seem like a bad situation may lead to bigger and better things.
DIGITAL + CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Diego was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a proud son of Mexican parents. Diego is a Visual Artist, specializing in both graphic design and photography. During his involvement with the immigration rights movement, photography has since become a major focus in his work. Diego explores various styles in his photography, ranging from self portraits, people portraits, storytelling, actions, life documentation, and photojournalism. In his work, he focuses in capturing raw moments and emotions. He uses his creativity, talents, and skills to amplify the stories that are happening in immigrant community in Arizona.
He has worked on many campaigns including Bazta Arpaio and Vote4Dream. His work has been used by many news outlets such as NBC, Univision, Fusion, Advocate, Now This Politics, UU World, and even the far-right Breitbart.
Diego is the man behind Aliento's logo, branding, and web development.
Nathalie Guevara Martinez was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ after her parents immigrated from Mexico. She recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Pomona College and is also very passionate about the arts. In her studies, she explored the intersection of science and the arts by looking at how our brain responds and heals through art, specifically how music affects the brain, accesses memories, and creates a tool for learning and recovery in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Throughout her time in college, she was a student activist supporting several organizations that focused on language barriers in the healthcare industry, arts accessibility in low-income communities, and coalitions that worked on keeping undocumented families together. In her free time, she likes dancing and going to karaoke (even though she isn’t the best at either, but as Aliento says “courage over talent”). She hopes to continue exploring healing through the arts in her communities here in Arizona and increasing accessibility to these spaces and methods.