Friday, March 16, 2018
Earlier this week, the California Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday appointed the first undocumented resident to a statewide post, according to Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León's office.
Lizbeth Mateo, a 33-year-old attorney and immigrant rights activist, will serve on the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee. The committee advises the California Student Aid Commission on efforts to increase college access for California students from low-income or underserved communities.
Mateo graduated from Santa Clara University law School in 2016 and passed the California bar last year. She was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and came to the United States with her parents when she was 14. According to her LinkedIn page, Mateo is an "Attorney at law helping individuals navigate the legal system when they get hurt on the job, suffer an accident, or are trying to navigate the complexities of immigration law."