Patty Miramontes (Latinx/Chicanx) was born on Tongva Land to Mexican immigrant parents, her mother born in Ayotlán, Jalisco, and her father in Ixtlán del Río, Nayarit. Patty received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in Chicanx/Latinx Studies from Portland State University in Oregon in 2018. During her time in Oregon, she was heavily involved with both the Latinx/Chicanx and Native community, serving in student groups and organizations for several years. This time cultivated a strong sense of community, dedication, passion for social justice, and an eagerness to serve and create tangible change wherever she can. Patty went on to attain her Master of Arts in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies from
Cal State LA in 2021. Since then, Patty has served in educational capacities including as a substitute teacher within K-12 settings, as a university academic advisor, and as a soccer coach to wonderful high school students. She now is very happy and proud to serve as a member of the So’oh-Shinálí Sister Project team and is consistently looking forward to empowering the community.
Director of Community Relations
Justine Medina (she/hers) is Navajo, Winnebago, and Menominee and is from Tongva Territory (Los Angeles, CA), but now resides in the Bay Area. Justine is passionate about serving her Native American community. At 15 years old her community service began as a volunteer at the American Indian Community Council as she participated in United Native Youth of Los Angeles.
Justine received her BA in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles after transferring from Rio Hondo Community College. She also received an MA in International Administration from the University of Denver. Her interest in policy began with her personal experience. She was intrigued that Federal Indian Policy brought her maternal grandparents to Los Angeles as a result of the Indian Relocation Act.
Justine has held many roles working within the community. Some of her previous roles are Assistant Director of Native American/Alaskan Recruiter at UCLA and Transfer Admission Counselor/Native American Outreach at UCI. Most recently she held a role as a Community Organizer at California Native Project leading their Indigenous Education Now! Campaign and Native Youth for Justice youth organizing program.
Wildflower Robles-Ontiveros is Gabrieleño and a descendant of the people of Huchiminga. She was born in Los Angeles and raised in Baldwin Park, CA, unceded Gabrielino-Tongva territory. She has an Associate's Degree in English Literature from Mt. San Antonio Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Cal Poly Pomona. At Cal Poly, Wildflower worked at the Native American Student Center, where she served as a Social Justice Leader. She was also nominated to serve on the Associate Vice-President/Dean of Students search committee at Cal Poly Pomona where she had the honor of advocating on behalf of Native students, staff, and faculty. Wildflower is passionate about education and advocating for Native students and their families. She was able to continue this work in her previous role as Resource Coordinator with So'oh-Shinálí Sister Project and is grateful to now serve as the Community Relations Manager at So'oh-Shinálí Sister Project where she may continue to support and uplift the community.
Wildflower Robles - Ontiveros
Community Relations Manager