Cristina Jiménez Moreta is Co-Founder and Senior Advisor of United We Dream (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country. It’s a cause deeply rooted in her experience: Cristina migrated to the U.S from Ecuador with her family at the age of 13, grew up undocumented and has since dedicated her career to shaping immigration policy.
Under her leadership, UWD has become a powerful network of over 800,000 members, shifting the narrative around immigration and policy, as well as creating welcoming spaces for young people – regardless of immigration status – where they can find the support they need to make their voices heard and achieve their goals. Cristina was instrumental in United We Dream’s successful push for President Obama to sign Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) into law. In 2017, in recognition of her work as a social justice organizer, Cristina received a MacArthur Fellowship, and won the Freedom from Fear Award. In 2018, she was included in TIME magazine’s list of 100 most influential people.