Stephanie Flores joined the Commission as Communications and Outreach Adviser in May 2016. Stephanie graduated cum laude from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, where she studied global inequality. During her time at UCSC, she volunteered for the Student Health Outreach and Promotion branch of the university health center with the program Condom Co-op. She provided safe sex materials to students in an effort to promote public health and safety. During the 2015 campus elections, Stephanie campaigned for a university health care measure that would provide all students access to the university health center. In addition to her time at the health center, Stephanie volunteered for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History as a Gallery Host. At the SC MAH, Stephanie assisted in renovating the volunteer programs to build a stronger connection between the museum and community.
Prior to joining the Commission, Stephanie worked as an intern and independent contractor for the Western Center on Law and Poverty, researching the intersections of poverty and race on traffic and juvenile court fines. Stephanie became involved with the Western Center through the Public Policy Program at the University of California Center Sacramento, which she completed in Fall 2015. She is currently completing a fellowship with the Women's Policy Institute advocating for child care subsidies.
Stephanie is the oldest of three girls and the first in her family to graduate from a university.