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Mayte Aguilar Cruz

Merced Lead Community Organizer

Mayte began working for Communities for a New California in 2017 as a door canvasser and was selected as a John Sperling Fellow, in December. During the fellowship, which focused on community organizing principles and how to lead grassroot campaigns, she developed a passion for working in underserved neighborhoods. Mayte became one of the first CNC Merced interns, in where she learned to fight for South Merced families.

During her internship with CNC, Mayte was part the first ever Participatory Budgeting ballot efforts in Merced that allowed residents in Supervisorial District 2 to develop and choose among program priorities in the community. She successfully assisted CNC to collect 545 ballots from residents who voted to allot $40,000 towards investments in youth scholarships for SWAG Merced, food resources to the Merced Food Bank, programming for seniors, city beautification of electrical boxes, and community gatherings at a summer concert series.

In preparation of the June 2018 primary, Mayte oversaw a twenty-seven member, non-partisian, “Get Out the Vote” team, which engaged voters in bilingual conversations by phone and at the door. Her leadership resulted in the engagement of over 15,000 Merced County residents for the June 2018 Primary Elections.  

Originally from Redwood City, California, Mayte moved to Merced to study Sociology at UC Merced, and with a Bachelors in Sociology and a minor in both Psychology and Spanish. Mayte has made Merced her new home and is dedicated to improving the lives and neighborhoods of families in South Merced, as a community organizer.