Blanca A. Villanueva is a Long Island native, growing up in Brentwood, NY. She is a graduate of New York University, where she became a part of student led organizations, such as C-Roots and LUCHA, which strive to educate and unify the NYU community on social and cultural issues. Blanca graduated with a degree in Psychology and American Sign Language and then pursued her Master’s in Public Health at Brooklyn College. She credits her masters studies in truly enlightening her on the important roles policy, environment, and education play in creating disparities and inequities in a community.
She began her community organizing by working with the Alliance for Quality Education on statewide education policy change. Recognizing that education justice is racial justice, Blanca combines advocacy, policy, and grassroots organizing to address the decades of systemic racism in the education system. She now works with the Advocacy Institute supporting the legislative advocacy of social justice and movement-building organizations in New York State, while also serving as the Board President for CARECEN NY.