Our Team

Mujeres de Maiz depends on our team to lead our vision and mission.

In addition, we have various committees, circles, and volunteers that make Mujeres de Maiz happen.


Felicia montes, Executive Director

Co-founder of Mujeres de Maiz, Felicia Montes is a Xicana Indigenous artist, activist, community and event organizer, educator, FEmcee, designer, poet, performer and professor living and working throughout East Los Angeles for over 20 years. She is known throughout the southwest as an established Xicana cultural worker of a new generation. Felicia holds a B.A from UCLA in World Arts and Cultures with a minor in Chicana/o/x Studies, a M.A in Chicana/o/x Studies from Cal State Northridge, and an M.F.A from Otis College of Art & Design in Public Practice Art.



Claudia Mercado, Documentarian

Co-founder and primary documentarian of Mujeres de Maiz, born and raised in Highland Park, Los Angeles, Claudia is an independent filmmaker currently in development of the Mujeres de Maiz documentary.  As a writer, producer, director and editor, she has exhibited her films throughout the U.S. in art houses, universities, museums, film festivals and online. She graduated from UC Berkeley with BA in Film Studies and is currently finishing her MFA in Film, Television and Theater from Cal State University Los Angeles.


Megan Pennings, Intern


Megan Pennings was raised in Baldwin Park, CA. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Chicana/o Studies from Cal State Los Angeles, and is currently working towards her M.A. in Chicana/o Studies and Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Cal State Los Angeles. Her passion is to help students understand the importance of education. Megan is the Documentation and Archive Intern.


Our Board of Directors

Amber Rose González, Ph.D

Amber is an educator-scholar-activist and Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at Fullerton College. She received her BA in Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She received her MA and PhD in Chicana/Chicano Studies with an emphasis in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Adrian Zamora, J.D. 

Adrian is an independent attorney working in the Los Angeles area. He earned his BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law.