Luz Villar is a social justice advocate and activist. Formerly an aide to United States Representative Ayanna Pressley. Luz primarily served as a liaison to the community and Congresswoman Pressley, informing policy regarding public safety, trauma, veterans affairs, and children and family welfare. During the five years Luz served as a senior aide to the Congresswoman she helped establish the first civic engagement course at a Massachusetts correctional instutition. Along with uniting families with their children in the foster care system and the release of incarcerated individuals. All while working full-time, Luz also attended school earning her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Cambridge College. Luz has been recognized as a Big Igniter for the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, a nominee for El Mundo’s Boston 30 under 30 Most Influential Latinos in the city, and the Inspirational Woman of 2021 by the Centro de Latinos ‘M.A.R.I.A.’ organization. Luz believes in impact over influence. With a graduate degree in Public Policy Management from Georgetown University she hopes to advance her career in policy reform. Challenging the same systems that have disproportionately impacted communities and families like hers.
Being an Afro-Caribbean woman born and raised in Massachusetts Luz has found it important to speak to and educate young people and organizations across the country about overcoming adversity within our government system. She continues to mentor young girls for Chica Project. Luz is dedicated to fostering relationships with diverse stakeholders and advancing equitable policies.