Athena graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2012, with a Major in Organizational and Corporate Communication and a minor in Women’s Studies. She has served as a community organizer and event coordinator for several years in her home town of El Paso, Texas—working with La Mujer Obrera, Familias Unidas, Café Mayapan, Raza Organize, Choice USA, and Queer Student Alliance. She served as the Training Director with the United States Student Association (USSA) where she worked with students to provide trainings that will strengthen their organizations and develop their leadership skills. She was grateful for the opportunity to work with the organization that was so crucial in her development and was working to expand and fortify the impact of USSA’s Training Department. Athena was passionate about racial and economic justice and sustainable sovereign community cultivation.