IE Nonprofit Fellowship 2019


Agustin Arreola Leon 

IE Nonprofit 2019 Fellow

Agustin graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Chicana and Chicano Studies. He plans to continue his education and earn his Master’s in Business Administration. His goal is to start his own security company business concentrating in the Law Enforcement sector. Agustin also plans to return to the Coachella Valley as a community leader to help the youth pursue their educational dreams. He plans on working in public policy with local elected officials because he understands that through it his efforts can be translated into actual tangible improvements in the Coachella Valley.


Lilliana Huerta

IE Nonprofit Fellow 2019

Lilliana Huerta graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles where she double majored in Chicana/o Studies and Political Science. She is a proud resident of the Eastern Coachella Valley, a fanatic of cafecito in the mornings, long hot summers, and endless platicas with her beloved family. Growing up in the ECV instilled in her a passion for social justice and community advocacy. In the future, she hopes to work closely with immigrants and their families and create long lasting change for communities of color.




Adlemi Hernadez

IE Nonprofit Fellow 2019

Adlemi Hernandez is a graduate from the University of California, Riverside with a B.S. in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing. She has a passion for working in the nonprofit sector and has had great experiences working in a variety of them. Adlemi looks forward in expanding her knowledge of marketing, public relations and communications while working for her community. 




Mirella Deniz-Zaragoza

IE Nonprofit Fellow 2019

Mirella Deniz-Zaragoza graduated from UC Riverside in 2018 with a degree in Sociology. Currently, Zaragoza is a Masters student at UCR’s School of Public Policy, specializing in race and immigration. Mirella’s parents are farm working immigrants who have been my inspiration to pursue a career in Public Policy. “My goal is to positively impact policies and regulations’ that affect low-income communities, like my hometown the Coachella Valley and the Inland Empire. My passion for my community has led me to work on numerous community research projects where I’ve engaged and learned from the community’s needs.”



Shriani Patel 

IE Nonprofit Fellow 2019

Shriani Patel recently graduated with cum laude honors from University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, concentrating in Accounting & Auditing. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in the future and obtaining her CPA license. Shriani strives to be a community leader, open a community business like starting her own CPA firm and support local activities whether through scholarship or volunteering. Ultimately, Shriani wants to use her background, education, and experience to help make the society a better place. In her free time, she likes to read non-fiction books, try new foods, go dancing, and explore new places. Also, later down the road, Shriani plans to start her own non-profit that supports women who are victims of domestic and sexual violence and provide them with resources and opportunities to reintegrate in the society.


 Carlos Aviles

IE Nonprofit Fellow 2019

Carlos is the son of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation college graduate from the University of California, Irvine who majored in Criminology, Law and Society and minored in Political Science. At the UCI he was selected as a Presidential Public Service Fellow, which enabled him to move to Sacramento, CA and join the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. During his time there, he gained a deeper understanding of the plight of the immigrant community. This led him to become part of San Bernardino Community Service Center in the Inland Empire where he helped build deportation defense cases. It is confronting policy challenges within the Immigration system that has motivated him to pursue a J.D degree to support marginalized communities.