Zoraima Pelaez
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
Texas Freedom Network, Outreach and Advocacy Manager

Zoraima is a proud Austinite and daughter of Mexican and Colombian immigrants. As a first-generation college graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, she earned her degree in Humanities with a concentration in Public Policy, Communication Advocacy, and Women's and Gender Studies. While at UT Austin, Zoraima was awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship for her commitment to public service. Zoraima has worked on statewide electoral campaigns with Battleground Texas and served as a research assistant for the Texas Policy Evaluation Project.

As a 2017 Bill Archer Fellow in Washington, D.C., Zoraima worked for the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union specializing in immigration detention center research. She also served as an office fellow for She Should Run where she helped increase the number of women in public leadership. After completing her fellowship, Zoraima joined the staff of the Texas Freedom Network as the Deputy Development Director where she coordinated organizational fundraising, special events, and stewardship for donor opportunities and support.

Zoraima’s passion for reproductive justice led her to become a featured storyteller for the National Network of Abortion Fund's leadership program, We Testify, and Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity. She currently serves as the Outreach and Advocacy Manager for the Texas Freedom Network where she oversees and advocacy campaigns at the Texas Legislature and State Board of Education.