esmeralda mendoza ramirez


Esmeralda was born in Guatemala and immigrated to the U.S. with her parents when she was 6 months old. She has lived as an adult in both the United States and Guatemala, and empathizes with the clients she serves at SJC.

Raised in Oakland, she grew up learning English and Spanish in school, while speaking Mam as her primary language at home. Growing up, she always wanted to become a lawyer and defend human rights. She feels that working at SJC is a step further into that objective.

Esmeralda has worked as a receptionist at SJC and also a Mam interpreter and legal assistant.

Esmeralda speaks Mam, Spanish, and English.