PATRICIA TORRES

"Remember this, another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." ~Arundhati Roy

Patricia Torres is currently obtaining her masters degree in International Urban Planning at the London School of Economics and Political Science, focusing on bringing traditionally marginalized communities – specifically ethnic minorities, women, and youth – into city planning processes across the globe.

For three years, Patricia served as Director of Programs for Girls For A Change (GFC), empowering young women from under resourced urban areas to create social change in their communities. She coordinated 50 of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most cutting edge social change and youth-serving organizations for Girl Summit, the largest free conference for young women and social change in California.

Prior to joining GFC, Patricia worked in Mexico City where she served as a grant writer and workshop presenter for SIEMBRA, an organization which partners with entrepreneurial indigenous girls and women in micro-enterprise, leadership skill development and reproductive rights awareness building.

In 2002, Patricia graduated with high honors from UC Berkeley with a major in Gender and Comparative Urban Studies, where she identified girls’ and women’s empowerment as key to democratic planning for healthy cities worldwide. As a student, she participated in numerous community projects ranging from teaching local and global activism, advocating for local homeless communities, and collaborating with youth on environmental justice campaigns.