Osmara M. Santana Alanis is a community organizer born in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico and a proud fronteriza from the Rio Grande Valley. Over the past seven years, she has been an active advocate for progressive issues and candidates throughout Texas and the United States.
She is a graduate from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a focus in political economy. She's previously served in higher education governmental relations, legislative constituent relations, and political campaign organizing. Most recently she served as a Regional Field Director in Beto O'Rourke's Texas Senate race, spearheading community outreach operations in Central, West, and South Texas. As the current Deputy Director for Texas Rising, a project of the Texas Freedom Network, Osmara helps oversee youth civic engagement efforts across the state by building power through young people in a multi-issue, intersectional, social justice framework.
As an immigrant and first generation college graduate, she understands the importance and value in developing opportunities to enhance upward mobility for young people of color and their families. Through trainings, mentorship, and the creation of safe spaces, Osmara hopes to continue empowering young Texans, mujeres, and marginalized communities to ensure their voices are heard through advocacy and at the ballot box.