Angelica Rubio was born and raised in New Mexico by immigrant parents in the rural colonia of Lake Arthur. As the youngest of six children, Angelica grew up with a deep working knowledge of the power found in numbers, as well as a flair for making her case. After earning an undergraduate degree in Government from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Angelica worked in Washington, DC, both on and off The Hill. Moving to East Los Angeles to pursue a graduate degree, as well as an education in community organizing, Angelica established herself as a fierce advocate for consumer protection and a committed change agent. Returning to her hometown of Lake Arthur, Angelica worked with the Alliance for Peace and Justice to engage and organize her community around local issues directly impacting the Latino population. To augment the impact of this hands-on effort, Angelica began blogging at The Rubio Dispatch. Her reasoned and impassioned posts quickly earned Angelica recognition as a local voice in social media, as well as strong allies across the state.
In 2013 Angelica made Las Cruces her permanent home, joining Comunidades en Acción y de Fé (CAFé) as Lead Organizer of the local ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2019. Following the initiative’s passage, Angelica went on to manage Kasandra Gandara’s 2015 successful bid for Las Cruces City Council District 1. On November 8, 2016, Rubio was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives for District 35 and was re-elected on November 6, 2018.
In addition to her plethora of work in politics, activism and community organizing, Angelica possesses great strengths in the area of writing, blogging, and digital and online strategy. You can frequently find her on Twitter at @anrubio and @thetortillakid (and a number of other social media platforms) discussing local and state politics, sharing her own personal writing, or discussing pop culture randomness.