Irene Gómez was born in Santiago Asunción, Silacayoapan, Oaxaca, Mexico. At the age of 14, she migrated to the US and worked alongside her family in farming jobs in Oxnard, Sacramento and Washington State. Irene speaks fluent Spanish and Mixteco, and learning English. Irene currently resides in Oxnard CA and has four children, three girls and one boy. In 2001, Irene became involved with the Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) as a volunteer. In 2007, Irene joined MICOP staff as a Community Promotora, assisting families in accessing needed support. Irene is now the Program Manager for the women’s empowerment, mental health, and Puentes case management programs at MICOP.