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Irene Franco Rubio


Irene Franco Rubio is an activist, writer, and community organizer from Phoenix, Arizona. A young Latinx woman of Guatemalan and Mexican descent, Irene is rooted in community and devoted to the movements for social, racial, and environmental justice.

Irene has multifaceted experience in the movements for change from local grassroots organizing in her hometown of Phoenix, interning for former U.S. Congresswoman Deb Haaland, organizing nationally for Michelle Obama’s nonprofit, When We All Vote, to serving as a policy fellow for the Los Angeles Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department, in addition to other prestigious advocacy engagements.

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 center her work as a media professional at the intersection of media, activism, journalism, and justice as a global citizen & catalyst for change.


Updated May 2022