Stephanie Maldonado is a first generation Mexican-American who was born in California but raised in New Mexico. In 2011, Stephanie moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University, from where she graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.
Stephanie grew up in a mix-status home, with two U.S Citizen siblings, a Permanent Resident father and an undocumented mother. After her mom self-deported in 2012 and her family was separated, since then she felt the urge to empower others.
Stephanie decided to stay in Arizona because she understood the sacrifices her parents made for her and her siblings to get an education.
Since then, Stephanie has led multiple campaigns to help register 500K voters in Arizona, and she was also instrumental in the victory to unseat former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and turn Arizona Blue in the 2020 election.
Stephanie is now the Organizing Director and is leading the People First Economy Campaign, a generative revenue raising campaign to increase revenue in the 4 major issue areas that have been defunded by 2026.