DIANA ALBARRAN

DIANA ALBARRAN

Cal State LA, Business Administration

Diana Albarran has been a Student Assistant at the Institute for 2 years. She is a senior at Cal State LA currently majoring in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resource Management. She enjoys making sure the organization and employee’s needs are met and providing a safety environment for the employees, since the employees are the backbone of any organization. After graduation, Diana plans on receiving her Professional Certification in Human Resources. Diana helps coordinate the executive director’s calendar, maintains the Institute’s contact databases and personnel manual. She trains incoming interns on reception etiquette and procedures. Working at the Pat Brown Institute has influenced Diana’s interest in civic engagement and politics. In her free time, Diana enjoys spending time with her friends and going hiking at Griffith Park.

PAOLO ARGELLES

PAOLO ARGELLES

Cal State LA, Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

Paolo Arguelles is a fifth year Electrical and Biomedical Engineering student at Cal State LA. He entered college at the age of 14 through the university’s Early Entrance Program (EEP) in 2013.

Paolo is conducting chemistry and biomedical engineering research under Dr. Frank A. Gomez, where he is working on the application of machine learning to determine glucose concentration in paper sensors. He was named by the Honors College as an Edison International Scholar in 2014, is the 2016 recipient of the Joyce Bourke Memorial Scholarship, and was recently honored by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship committee for his research proposal on black holes. Paolo is very involved on campus, having served as student body president of EEP (2016-17), and Chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2017-18). He has also helped make, and will be featured in, the upcoming 2019 film The G-Word, directed by Academy Award-nominated documentarian Marc Smolowitz.

At the Pat Brown Institute, his public policy interests include the Lower Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan and California leadership in the fight against climate change. He is passionate about maximizing the role of science and engineering in public policy.

MONSERRAT RAMIREZ

MONSERRAT RAMIREZ

Cal State LA, Political Science and Philosophy

Monserrat Ramirez-Mendoza is an intern at the Institute and fifth-year student at Cal State LA pursuing a dual bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy. Currently, she is conducting research on the California gubernatorial candidates in preparation for the 2018 Governor’s Race.

Previously, as the Pre-Law Society’s Law Fair Chair (2014-2016) she organized Annual Law Fairs for prospective law school students to learn more about pursuing a Juris Doctorate. Inspired by her thirst for knowledge about the political process she hopes to acquire a Master’s degree in Public Policy program abroad followed by a Juris Doctorate degree in Constitutional Law. 

Ms. Ramirez adheres to the saying, “leave no trace behind” by volunteering with Trash Free Earth and Alleviate Skid Row, and is a Make Life Count Co. adventurer who enjoys the outdoors experience.

AMBER RUBIO

AMBER RUBIO

Cal State LA, Psychology

Amber Rubio is a Student Assistant at the Institute. She is a sophomore at Cal State LA majoring in Psychology. Amber manages the Institute’s digital database, participates in general office operations and event outreach. She hopes to pursue a career as a child therapist. Seeing her mom pursue a career as a Drug and Abuse counselor for teenagers has inspired Amber to become a counselor for children. In her spare time, Amber enjoys working-out, going to the beach, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family. While working at the Pat Brown Institute she has expanded her interests in politics and digital management.

PEDRO TORIBIO

PEDRO TORIBIO

Cal State LA, Accounting

Pedro Toribio has been a student assistant at the Institute for two years. He is currently a junior at Cal State LA majoring in Accounting. Pedro chose to major in accounting due to his love of numbers as well as the challenges that come with it. While working at the Pat Brown Institute Pedro has worked on the Pat Brown Institutes Budget for the Upcoming Fiscal Year as well as scheduling meetings. He has learned valuable skills that have helped him in his academic studies and in pursuing his career. Pedro has also taken an interest in politics since working at PBI.