Rebecca Esparza

Facilities Manager

She/Her

Becca’s journey is one of resilience and transformation, deeply rooted in her experiences growing up in Eastside San Jose. Born and raised in a challenging environment, Becca faced numerous hardships from a young age. At 13 years old, she entered the system and spent five years on juvenile probation and, at 15, was incarcerated at Santa Santa Clara Juvenile Hall, during which time her mother was also incarcerated at the Chowchilla Women’s Prison. Becca was connected with supportive agencies and individuals in her community after her release. These connections gave her the tools, resources, and encouragement to navigate her circumstances successfully. With their help, Becca got off probation, graduated from high school, and developed a passion for social justice and community advocacy.

Becca’s dedication to making a difference led her to Washington, D.C., where she spoke at the National Youth Violence Prevention Conference, advocating for systemic changes. Her commitment to her community didn’t stop there. She regularly attended city council meetings to advocate for youth programs and led workshops with Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services. Through these workshops, Becca raised awareness about the impact of trauma on young people, worked to break stigmas, and educated her community on navigating the system.

Becca completed her undergraduate degree at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), majoring in Communications. Additionally, she completed the Year Up program, earning a certificate in Data Analytics from Mission College, and is working towards a Facilities Management and Sustainability degree.

Her professional career has been devoted to youth intervention services. Becca worked with the City of San Jose, providing direct services to system-impacted youth and managing grants and administration. Her dedication to this field is personal and driven by her own experiences and desire to help others overcome similar challenges. Becca lives by the belief that “it takes a village to raise a child,” embodying the power of community and collective effort in transforming lives.

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