Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Esparza’s passion is rooted in social, economic and environmental justice. From an early age she understood the importance of community building from grass roots to tree tops.
Esparza is interested in the impact of unconventional oil and gas drilling on local communities and the health effects on the most vulnerable members of society, children and seniors. Esparza earned advanced degrees in Gerontology, Public Policy and Sociology.
She served on the City of Pasadena Human Services Commission, Commission on the Status of Women, Episcopal Diocese Commission on Aging and the Huntington Hospital Community Benefits Committee.
Currently Esparza makes her home and works in Kern County advocating for a moratorium on hydraulic fracking, community organizing around clean water and air free of pollution and volatile organic compounds.