Maritessa Ares

Class of 2014

Maritessa is thrilled to join the Emerge California Class of 2014.  As a daughter of a Filipino manong, Maritessa strives to build upon the legacy courageously paved by Filipino-American trailblazers.  She is deeply committed to civic engagement, green enterprise/ sustainability, youth development, and breaking political barriers for women.  She is active in many organizations including the APA Democratic Caucus of Alameda County and the California Democratic Party’s API Caucus.  Earlier this year, she established the “API Political Courage” Award & Scholarship for outstanding student leaders in Alameda County.  Maritessa is also the Vice Chair of the City of Berkeley’s Commission on the Status of Women where she currently spearheads the “Outstanding Women of Berkeley” awards.  Earlier this year, Maritessa was appointed to serve a term on the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club's SF Bay Chapter which has a membership of over 30,000 people.  She is one of the youngest and the only person of color to currently serve on the Chapter Executive Committee.  Professionally, Maritessa is a Program Associate at Green For All where is responsible for the organization's Business Engagement portfolio.  Due to her civic engagement and community involvement, Maritessa was awarded one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Filipina Women” in the United States in 2012 by the Filipina Women’s Network.  She is a proud alumna of the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy and UC Berkeley where she served on the Cal Alumni Association Board of Directors (Go Bears!).

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